Japan's Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Top 30 M.

Society

Tokyo, Jan. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's cumulative number of COVID-19 infection cases exceeded 30 million Friday.

The total rose 10 million in just four months after topping 20 million on Sept. 9 last year.

On Friday, Japan had 659 severely ill novel coronavirus patients, up by nine from Thursday. Meanwhile, the daily count of fatalities stood at 476, next only to the record high of 498 marked Thursday.

Tokyo reported 20,720 new positive cases, up 6,195 from a week before, and 35 new fatalities. The number of severely ill patients under the metropolitan government's criteria rose by two from Thursday to 55.

Eight of the country's 47 prefectures--Ibaraki, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Mie, Wakayama, Tottori, Okayama and Oita--logged record daily infection figures.

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