Japan's Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Top 6 M.

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Tokyo, March 18 (Jiji Press)--The cumulative number of novel coronavirus infection cases in Japan topped six million Friday.

Although the pace of increase in cumulative COVID-19 cases is slowing as the sixth wave of infections has peaked out, some experts are concerned that a fresh infection wave may hit the country due to the spread of the BA.2 omicron variant.

The cumulative number exceeded six million 18 days after topping five million Feb. 28. It took 13 days for the tally to rise from four million to five million.

On Friday, Japan reported 49,210 new COVID-19 cases, down by some 6,600 from a week before, while new fatalities totaled 156. The number of very ill coronavirus patients fell by 99 from Thursday to 991.

Tokyo confirmed 7,825 new cases, down by around 600 from a week earlier. The seven-day average of new infections came to 8,067.7, down 11.4 pct from a week before.

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