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Japan to increase focus on serious cases in coronavirus battle

Basic policy intended to fight outbreak amid fears of strain on health system

Tokyo's famous Shibuya scramble. The government says there are small clusters of coronavirus infections and that "it is extremely important to slow down the pace of increase."   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan adopted Tuesday a basic policy to cope with a further spread of the new coronavirus that would put a strain on its medical system, calling for a more efficient use of hospitals to better treat infected people with serious symptoms.

With a gradual increase in confirmed cases in various parts of the country besides hundreds who were quarantined on a cruise ship near Tokyo, Japan is shifting its focus to preempt a spike in infections and resulting deaths.

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