Beijing, August 18 (Xinhua) according to Kyodo news agency, Japan’s health care and Labor Minister Kato Shengxin said on the 17th that in order to support the expansion of the new crown epidemic in Okinawa County, nurses and health care workers will be sent from outside the county. He also revealed that in order to cope with the further increase of patients, he has begun to prepare to cooperate with the Ministry of defense to send patients outside the county. According to the report, there is a shortage of nurses and health care workers in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan due to the spread of the epidemic. To this end, county governor Yucheng Danni disclosed on the 16th that he had asked the National Council to send 50 nurses from outside the county. Kato told the media in Tokyo on the 17th that during the week up to the 16th, Okinawa had the largest number of new infections per 100000 people in the country, “the top priority is to ensure the medical system.”. According to Kato, Yucheng has requested to send about 10 more people a week at this stage, and eventually about 50 people will be sent, which is under negotiation with the National Council of governors. < p > < p > on the issue of health care workers, Kato said, “in addition to the mechanism of the Council, a list of health care professionals affiliated to various societies will also be listed and provided to the (Okinawa) county government.” He also said that if other prefectures and counties have similar needs, they will also explore dispatching personnel on demand.