Over 6000 COVID-19 patients in Tokyo are left with no beds to stay in after hospitals became overloaded as national cases topped 300,000 on Wednesday,
Over 6000 COVID-19 patients in Tokyo are left with no beds to stay in after hospitals became overloaded as national cases topped 300,000 on Wednesday/
Tokyo alone registered 1,433 new cases and had a total of 78,566 despite the newly enforced State of Emergency.
A Japanese health ministry panel of experts admitted that they are struggling to get COVID patients into hospitals or other facilities and that they are trying to balance treating non-COVID patients.
The outbreak in Tokyo and other metropolitan areas were attributed to corporate and other year-end parties and gatherings involving eating and drinking among young people/
Aside from the gatherings, the rise in cases was also speculated to have started because of the out-of-town trips made during the New Year holidays.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19 in Japan their public health center will direct them to a hospital where they can get treatment, or to an establishment where they can be isolated.
Due to the fast-rising cases, the public health centers are now unable to direct the patients because most hospitals, public and private are overloaded.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike vowed last week that the government will try to lower the daily number of cases in the capital to around 500 by Feb. 7, the final day of the state of emergency.