Japan’s COVID-19 infections top 6,480

TOKYO (XINHUA) – Japan’s Health Ministry and local governments said the number of COVID-19 cases in Japan has surpassed 6,480, with more than 300 new cases as of 5.30pm yesterday.

The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 136 people, including 12 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Tokyo recorded a new daily record at 197 new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the capital, the epicentre of the nation’s outbreak, to 1,902.

Osaka has recorded 696 cases, according to the latest figures, followed by Kanagawa with 457 infections.

Chiba Prefecture has confirmed 390 cases, Hyogo 355 and Saitama 338. Aichi, which declared its own state of emergency on Friday, independent from the central government, has recorded 315 cases.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials call for self-restraint to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 at Tokyo’s entertainment district Kabukicho. PHOTO: AFP