• staff report, jiji, Kyodo

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Tokyo’s hospital bed occupancy rate for COVID-19 patients came to 50.7% on Tuesday, as the capital reported 14,445 new cases, topping the 10,000 mark for the eighth straight day.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike had earlier said the metropolitan government would consider asking the central government to place it under a full state of emergency if the bed occupancy rate exceeded 50%, but the central government remains cautious about issuing a fresh emergency as the number of severely ill patients remains low.

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