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Coronavirus

Japan's wider COVID emergency zone promises hospitals no relief

Tokyo and Osaka beds dwindle, while Google AI predicts 3.5-fold jump in deaths

A hospital in Yokohama, near Tokyo: Doctors and nurses are dealing with long hours and low morale as Japan's coronavirus surge strains the health system.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's hospitals are facing a capacity crunch with no end in sight, amid indications that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's coronavirus emergency measures may not go far enough to flatten the infection curve.

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