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Tokyo opens pet-friendly facility for COVID-19 patients

This picture shows a medical facility at the Nippon Foundation Para Arena for the Nippon Foundation Disaster Crisis Support Center, which will accomodate COVID-19 coronavirus patients with mild symptoms in Tokyo on July 30, 2020. (AFP)
This picture shows a medical facility at the Nippon Foundation Para Arena for the Nippon Foundation Disaster Crisis Support Center, which will accomodate COVID-19 coronavirus patients with mild symptoms in Tokyo on July 30, 2020. (AFP)
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09 Oct 2020 03:10:46 GMT9
09 Oct 2020 03:10:46 GMT9

 TOKYO: The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday opened an accommodation facility that allows COVID-19 patients to stay with their pets.

The move is part of the metropolitan government’s efforts to ensure that coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms stay at accommodation facilities, as some of them choose to stay at home to take care of their pets.

The facility, located within the premises of the Museum of Maritime Science in the Odaiba waterfront area in Shinagawa Ward, will start hosting patients on Monday. 

It has 140 rooms with floor space of some 20 square meters each where dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters are allowed. Each room has a cage as well as other pet supplies including air fresheners and potty pads.

The Nippon Foundation, a Tokyo nonprofit, built the facility in July and offered it to the metropolitan government.

“We’ll operate this facility with responsibility to help patients stay with a sense of security,” a metropolitan government official said.

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