Japan Frets Over Falling Blood Donations in Outbreak

An officer calls on passersby to donate blood at a donor center in Nagasaki

TOKYO — Fewer people are donating blood in Japan amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus, leading the Japanese Red Cross Society to voice concern over potential supply shortages.

On average, Japan needs about 13,000 blood donors a day to secure a stable supply of blood products for transfusions at nationwide medical institutions, according to the organization.

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