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Around 80% of nursing staff working at institutions across Japan are fearful of contracting COVID-19, a new survey has shown, highlighting lingering fears among a key cog in the country’s medical system as a fresh wave of the virus appears to be emerging.

The online survey, conducted by the Japanese Nursing Association on its members last autumn and released Saturday, obtained answers from around 5,100 members, with the response rate standing at 34.0%. The average age of respondents came to 41.3 and women accounted for 93.5% of all respondents. Of the respondents, 86.6% were nurses, while the rest were midwives and others.

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