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Japan’s coronavirus cases top 60,000

Airline employees wearing face shields work at the Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture on August 19, 2020. (AFP)
Airline employees wearing face shields work at the Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture on August 19, 2020. (AFP)
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21 Aug 2020 02:08:44 GMT9
21 Aug 2020 02:08:44 GMT9

TOKYO: Total coronavirus cases in Japan surpassed 60,000 on Thursday after the first domestic infection was confirmed on Jan. 16.

Total cases exceeded 40,000 on Aug. 3 and 50,000 on Aug. 10 after the pace of new infections accelerated again in July following a slowdown in May and June.

Japan confirmed 1,184 new cases on Thursday, bringing its total to 60,747.

The country’s coronavirus death toll grew by 11 to 1,173.

The number of new cases in Tokyo reached 339, surpassing 300 for the first time in five days.

Of Tokyo’s new cases, 183 were in their 20s or 30s. The number of patients with serious symptoms rose by four to 36.

Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, had 132 new cases, the third straight day above 100, bringing its total to 7,420.

The northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido reported 25 new cases after four straight days below 10. Sixteen new cases were confirmed at Otaru General Hospital, where one case had been reported.

JIJI Press

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