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Japan's COVID hospitals struggle to attract nurses as cases rise

Pandemic puts shortage of experienced professionals in sharp relief

Nurses from Self-Defense Forces arrive at an Osaka medical facility dedicated to COVID-19 patients.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Medical facilities for coronavirus patients set up by Tokyo and Osaka have struggled to attract skilled nurses as infections surge across the country, creating a major hurdle for expanding the capacity of those establishments.

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday opened a new medical center in the city of Fuchu for patients with moderate coronavirus symptoms. The plan is to eventually have 100 beds there, though only 32 can be filled right now due to staffing constraints.

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