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The health ministry and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have decided to ask hospitals in the capital to secure beds for COVID-19 patients and accept as many of them as possible, as the current surge in infections is outstripping the capacity of the city's medical system.

As the capital has been witnessing record daily coronavirus cases in recent weeks, health minister Norihisa Tamura and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike held a meeting Monday and decided to take stronger action regarding medical institutions by making the first such request to hospitals by the state under a revised infectious disease law.

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