Japan’s coronavirus cases rise for fourth day in a row since country lifted state of emergency
Japan’s Health Ministry announced 75 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths for Friday — the fourth consecutive day that the country has seen a rise in coronavirus cases since fully lifting its state of emergency.
This brings the number of total Covid-19 cases in Japan to 17,516 (16,804 on land and 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship), and its death toll stands at 899 (886 on land and 13 on the ship).
The southern city of Kitakyushu reported 26 new infections on Friday, where clusters of infection were traced to elderly care homes and hospitals. The city has reported 69 new cases in the past week.
In Tokyo, 22 new infections and three deaths were reported on Friday, marking a clear upward trend.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the state of emergency for all of Japan on Monday. Much of the country had already eased restrictions except for Tokyo and four other prefectures.