TOKYO: The number of coronavirus cases in Japan rose by more than 570 to over 10,000 on Thursday, including those who were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
New deaths from the virus stood at three in Tokyo, two each in Saitama and Fukuoka prefectures and one each in Kanagawa, Mie, Hyogo, Oita and Okinawa prefectures.
For Mie, Oita and Okinawa, these were the first fatal cases. The country’s total death toll rose to 204.
Tokyo saw 149 new cases. Infection routes are unknown in 103 of them. The total number of cases in the Japanese capital reached 2,595.
In Osaka Prefecture, 52 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of infections in the western prefecture above 1,000.
One of the new deaths in Fukuoka involved a woman in her 80s. She caught the virus after being admitted to Fukuoka Tokushukai Hospital in the city of Kasuga for treatment of a different illness. So far, eight people related to the hospital have tested positive.
In the central city of Toyama, a junior high school girl and an elementary school boy were found to be infected. They are children of a corporate employee in his 30s who earlier tested positive. Both attended their schools until Friday.
In the city, a new case was also confirmed in a woman in her 50s working at a child care center.
At Yamato Municipal Hospital in Kanagawa, an orthopedist in his 30s tested positive.