Japan health ministry projects 400,000 deaths without virus containment measures

Japan health ministry projects 400,000 deaths without virus containment measures
# 15 April 2020 14:32 (UTC +04:00)

Japan’s death toll from the novel coronavirus could reach 400,000 without measures to stem the contagion, according to a health ministry projection reported by local media, APA reports citing Reuters.

A ministry team studying clusters of the disease estimated that serious cases needing ventilator intervention could reach 850,000, Kyodo and the Asahi newspaper reported.

 

The projections are based on research from Hokkaido University professor Hiroshi Nishiura, one of the infectious disease experts guiding the government’s response to the outbreak.

The health ministry could not immediately confirm the report.

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