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Japan to suffer 400,000 coronavirus deaths if no action: estimate

Reducing human contact by 80% can contain virus in month, response team says

A staff member of the Tokyo metropolitan government calls for people to stay home in Tokyo on April 14.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan warned that the new coronavirus outbreak will cause 850,000 seriously sick patients and half of them may die if no measures are taken to reduce human-to-human contact.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's cluster response team, made up of researchers from universities and government agencies, unveiled the estimate on Wednesday.

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