TOKYO: The cumulative number of people confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus in Japan reached 8,161 on Tuesday, with 477 additionally testing positive on the day.
In Tokyo, 161 people were newly found with the virus, bringing cumulative cases in the Japanese capital to 2,319. Newly confirmed infection cases came to 59 in the western prefecture of Osaka and 33 in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka.
In Tokyo, five infected men, including four inpatients at Eiju General Hospital in Taito Ward, died. Three people died in the central prefecture of Ishikawa, two each in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, the eastern prefectures of Gunma and Saitama, and Fukuoka, and one each in the eastern prefecture of Chiba, the central prefecture of Fukui and Osaka.
The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus in Japan rose to 173, including people who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined off Japan earlier this year.
Meanwhile, 17 residents and five staff members at a social welfare facility in the western Japan city of Hiroshima were found to have the coronavirus the same day. Concluding that a mass infection occurred at the facility, the Hiroshima city government is conducting virus tests on some 90 related people, including residents.
According to the municipal government, an employee in her 20s had been confirmed to be infected with the virus, and the local authorities had conducted virus tests on six residents who were running a fever. After recovering from a sore throat, the woman had continued to work at the facility without showing any symptoms.
In Sendai, the capital of the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, infection was confirmed for two children attending a nursery in Izumi Ward and four other people related to the facility, and five elementary school students attending an after-school child care facility in the same ward.
The Sendai city government suspects that infection clusters occurred at both facilities. An infected foreign student in her 20s lectured at English conversation classes held at the nursery and the after-school facility earlier this month, according to the city.
The western Japan prefecture of Shimane saw its first infection case last Thursday, when a woman in her teens, who works part-time at a restaurant in Matsue, the prefecture’s capital, tested positive for the virus. Since then, a total of eight employees and customers at the restaurant have been found infected.
The Matsue city government suspects that a mass infection occurred at the restaurant.
At a hospital for respiratory disease treatment in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, five people, including a doctor and inpatients, were newly confirmed as virus carriers, bringing the total number of infected people with links to the hospital to 25.