• Jiji


Facilities that were built initially to accommodate police in charge of security for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and later renovated to host novel coronavirus patients are undergoing work to return them to their original condition without being ever used, informed sources said Wednesday.

The total cost for related renovations will reach some ¥4.8 billion, according to the sources.

The changes to the facilities will be undone after the metropolitan government decided to use hotels for slightly ill coronavirus patients rather than the facilities, the sources said.

The prefabricated facilities were set up last year at four locations in waterfront areas in Tokyo’s Koto, Edogawa and Ota wards for police to be dispatched from outside the Japanese capital.

In April 2020, the government decided to renovate them to receive a total of 800 novel coronavirus patients with mild symptoms after the Tokyo Games were postponed by a year due to the pandemic.

It spent some ¥3.7 billion for renovations such as to divide shared rooms and create space to allow nurses to be stationed.

Earlier this month, the National Police Agency started work to renovate the facilities again to return them to their original condition, spending some ¥1.1 billion.

“It was uncertain around April last year whether there was sufficient capacity at places where slightly ill patients would be treated,” a metropolitan government official said, noting that hotels with more suitable equipment had received preference for use.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.