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A lack of human resources and the delta variant could dent Japan’s highly successful track record when it comes to treating severe COVID-19 cases, doctors say.

On Friday, there were a record 2,060 patients with severe symptoms in the country, marking an all-time high for the 16th straight day. Such patients need to be admitted to intensive care units for treatment, including being put on ventilators or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines.

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