Serious Coronavirus Patients Hit Record 331 in Japan
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Tokyo, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)--The number of novel coronavirus patients with serious symptoms in Japan rose to a record high of 331 on Monday, surpassing the previous high of 328 marked as of April 30 at the peak of the first wave of infections in the nation, the health ministry said.
With the occupancy rate for hospital beds for seriously ill coronavirus patients rising in many parts of Japan, there are growing concerns that the supply-demand balance for medical services will become tighter.
By prefecture, Osaka, western Japan, had the largest number of patients in severe condition, at 91, followed by Kanagawa, south of Tokyo, at 44, Tokyo, at 40, and Hyogo, western Japan, at 27. The number stood at 19 in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, where infections are spreading rapidly. Yamagata, northeastern Japan, Hiroshima, western Japan, and 15 other prefectures had no severely ill patients.
On Monday, a total of 1,520 people were newly confirmed infected with the virus across the country. The nationwide daily count slipped below 2,000 for the first time in six days, apparently due to a decrease in the number of people who visited medical institutions amid the three-day weekend through Monday.
Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, confirmed 26 new cases, logging a record daily high for the third straight day. The northeastern prefecture of Iwate reported the first novel coronavirus fatality there.
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