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Tokyo's COVID-19 stats include patients unreachable after testing positive: gov't

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is seen in a news conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on July 14, 2020. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Tokyo's statistics on novel coronavirus infections include people who tested positive for the virus but now can't be contacted, Japan's top government spokesman disclosed in a news conference on July 14.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported that as of July 13, a total of 651 people in the capital with COVID-19 remained hospitalized, 80 were recovering in hotels offering them temporary accommodation, 258 were recovering from the disease at home, and 396 were arranging for hospitalization, recuperation, and other measures.

Of those in the last category, many were individuals who were arranging to stay at hotels after testing positive the day before. However, the figures for this group also apparently include individuals who could not be reached after their positive test results came to light, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The central government does not know the exact number of individuals who cannot be contacted. Suga explained, "Local governments are in charge of confirming the whereabouts of individuals. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is requesting that the metropolitan government examine and confirm the situation."

He added, "While requesting larger staff sizes as well as other measures to consolidate the structure of public health centers that make arrangements for hospitalization and recuperation, along with endeavors to secure hotels for accommodation, we as the national government would also like to lend support where necessary.

(Japanese original by Shinichi Akiyama, Political News Department)

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