“We would like to have further support from the medical community to secure hospital beds for coronavirus patients.”
This was the first time the national government had issued such a request based on the infectious diseases control law, Tamura said.
With infections showing no sign of slowing down, the government is considering expanding areas covered by state of emergency measures, the Kyodo news agency said. Emergency measures are now in force in 13 prefectures, including Tokyo.
While infection numbers in Japan have been setting daily records, the number of deaths per day has stayed at less than a quarter of the record 216 fatalities seen on May 18, as more people are vaccinated.
On Sunday, Japan reported 22,302 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths, according to public broadcaster NHK.