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Medical Systems in Japan in Peril amid Coronavirus Crisis

As well as a shortage of protective gear, doctors and nurses are on the brink of collapse from exhaustion. If the situation worsens, lives that could have been saved will be lost, a health care worker has warned.

From Jiji Press

April 17th 2020

More and more people are warning that medical systems in Japan are in peril, with the number of new coronavirus infection cases rising in the country.

As well as a shortage of protective gear, doctors and nurses are on the brink of collapse from exhaustion. If the situation worsens, lives that could have been saved will be lost, a health care worker has warned.

Masakazu Kikuoka, head of the Kanagawa Prefecture Medical Association, has been providing people with information on the coronavirus through the organization’s website since April 7.

Kikuoka said that while many people have demanded polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, their accuracy is about 70 pct at most.

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