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New Wave of Infections Threatens to Collapse Japan Hospitals

Medical staff prepare before undertaking screening of potential COVID-19 coronavirus patients at Kawakita General Hospital in Tokyo.

Medical staff prepare before undertaking screening of potential COVID-19 coronavirus patients at Kawakita General Hospital in Tokyo.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

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Tokyo (AP) -- Hospitals in Japan are increasingly turning away sick people as the country struggles with surging coronavirus infections and its emergency medical system collapses.