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Osaka logs record 203 severe COVID-19 cases, squeezing hospital beds

The city of Osaka is seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter, with Osaka Castle in the foreground. (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- The number of severe COVID-19 patients in hospitals has reached a record 203 in Osaka Prefecture, the prefectural government announced on April 11.

    It is the first time that the number of patients in serious condition has topped 200 in the western Japan prefecture, quickly increasing pressure on the number of hospital beds reserved for such cases.

    Osaka Prefecture also logged 760 new coronavirus cases the same day. A total of 30 patients between their 40s and 90s were newly reported to have developed serious symptoms.

    As of April 11, 188 out of 224 hospital beds being or expected to be set aside for seriously ill COVID-19 patients were occupied, an occupancy rate of 83.9%. When the figure is limited to the 205 beds that are ready to accommodate patients immediately, the occupancy rate was 91.7%.

    Additionally, 15 patients have been admitted to medical institutions designated for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients, which are also capable of providing care to severe coronavirus cases.

    (Japanese original by Hiroshi Muramatsu, Osaka City News Department)

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