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Tokyo weighs using Olympic facility for coronavirus patients

Health officials scramble to find beds as cases hit record high

According to Tokyo officials, the city is also negotiating with private hotel operators to lease several buildings with 100 to 200 rooms. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Tokyo is considering repurposing a facility designed for the 2020 Olympics to accommodate people mildly infected with the new coronavirus, as the Japanese capital grapples with rising infections.

People familiar with the matter said the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering using a facility currently under construction in Tokyo's waterfront area. The facility, scheduled for completion before the event starts in July, is designed to accommodate up to 8,000 police officers and other personnel during the Olympics.

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