Osaka to reuse Olympic cardboard beds for COVID-19 patients

Kyodo -- Sep 12
Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said Saturday he wants the cardboard beds athletes slept on at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to be made available for COVID-19 patients.

The recyclable beds from the athletes' village in Tokyo are likely to be used at a temporary medical facility to be set up by the western Japan prefecture by the end of this month.

About 800 of the beds, which were designed to support people up to 200 kilograms in weight, and pillows used during the Tokyo Games are expected to be transferred to the medical facility for COVID-19 patients with minor or no symptoms.

Around 18,000 cardboard beds were used at the athletes' village during the Olympics and Paralympics, which closed last Sunday having been delayed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.