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The government said Friday it will boost the country’s medical capabilities in order to hospitalize 20% more COVID-19 patients compared with this summer’s fifth wave of infections, when many people were forced to recuperate at home.

In an outline of countermeasures presented at a panel meeting, the government of new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said it will seek to increase the utilization rate of hospital beds secured for COVID-19 patients, in addition to designating more beds at public hospitals for exclusive use by sufferers of the respiratory disease.

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