Japan Secures 210,000 Hotel Rooms for COVID-19 Patients

Photo taken April 7, 2020, shows a guest room of a central Tokyo hotel operated by Japanese chain Toyoko Inn Co. The hotel is one of the designated lodging facilities to which the metropolitan government will transfer coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms to prioritize in-hospital treatment for those with severe symptoms.

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The government has secured over 210,000 hotel rooms nationwide to accommodate those with mild coronavirus symptoms as well as asymptomatic patients as the country tries to contain the spread of the virus, a Japanese minister said Sunday.

The government has also received 120,000 face masks from companies and will provide them to hospital staff amid product shortages, economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters after inspecting the University of Tokyo Hospital where patients with severe symptoms have been treated.

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