TOKYO: The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms hit a record 1,050 across Japan on Sunday, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.
The previous record was 1,043 on Jan. 27 when several prefectures were under the second state of emergency over the coronavirus.
As of Sunday night, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country increased by 5,900 to reach 604,885, while the death toll from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at 10,400, with 61 new fatalities announced Sunday.
In the hard-hit western prefecture of Osaka, 1,057 new cases were reported on Sunday following Saturday’s record daily infections of 1,262. The capital Tokyo confirmed 879 new cases after reporting the highest number in over three months of 1,050 the previous day.
Tokyo and the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo are now subject to the third state of emergency through May 11.
Under the current state of emergency, large commercial facilities, theme parks and movie theaters have been ordered temporary closures.
Meanwhile, restaurants, bars serving alcohol, karaoke parlours, movie theaters and stadiums have been asked to suspend their operations, and department stores have been asked to only keep departments selling essential items open.