Coronavirus Death Toll in Japan Tops 300

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Tokyo, April 22 (Jiji Press)--The death toll related to the novel coronavirus in Japan has risen by 13 to 309, including fatalities among those aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined off the country earlier this year.

The new deaths occurred in seven prefectures, including Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, and Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, both next to Tokyo.

In Japan on Wednesday, more than 450 people, including 132 in Tokyo, were additionally confirmed to be infected with the virus. Of the newly confirmed virus carriers in Tokyo, 77 are aged under 50, while eight are children under 10, all of whom are staying at a home for infants in Minato Ward, which is run by Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital.

At a hospital in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, a total of 24 patients and staff members have tested positive for the virus, forcing the institution to stop accepting patients requiring emergency care.

In the city of Toyama, central Japan, three students and a teacher at Shinmei Elementary School were found infected with the virus, after a student who attended the school on April 8-10 tested positive. The Toyama municipal government reopened schools in the capital of Toyama Prefecture on March 16. But they were closed again on April 13, following the spread of infections in the city.

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