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Tokyo changes tack on coronavirus, focusing on trends over daily cases

Stress on health care system gauged instead of numerical thresholds

The health care system's ability to handle an influx of patients will be tracked under Tokyo's new coronavirus response. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Tokyo will no longer base its response to the coronavirus outbreak on numerical thresholds, but rather on the larger trends in new infections and the ability of hospitals to cope with an influx of patients, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Tuesday.

"Instead of focusing on individual numbers, we need to get the full picture," Koike said.

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