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Japan governors seek stronger health care as COVID curbs eased

Prefectural heads brace for new wave, demand more hospital beds, testing

Governors across Japan take part in an online conference on COVID-19 on Oct. 2, demanding that the central government take steps to prepare for a possible future wave of infections.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese prefectural governors on Saturday called on the new central government to strengthen the health care system, as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions could cause another resurgence of infections.

The National Governors' Association want sufficient hospital beds, tests and treatments for the coronavirus to be ensured in a draft proposal to the government to be established by the presumed next Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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