GPs in Japan also struggling to stay afloat

Medical clinics are being driven to the brink as virus-wary patients stay at home causing 90% falls in revenue

As Japan eases coronavirus curbs following its first wave of cases, many small medical clinics are scrambling to stay afloat and the doctors who run them are calling for government support as patients keep away for fear of infection.

Such clinics are the backbone of a healthcare system that is short of doctors to care for one of the world's fastest-ageing societies, yet the fallout of pandemic is threatening the survival of many.

With more than 16,500 infections and 825 deaths, the world