Flu patients rise to 2.14 million


The number of people diagnosed with influenza came to an estimated 2.14 million in the week through Sunday, up around 740,000 from the week before, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday.

The number of reported flu patients averaged 36.44 across some 5,000 medical institutions nationwide, the institute said.

By prefecture, the number of patients per institution was the highest in Niigata, at 53.81, followed by Chiba with 53.22, Nagasaki with 50.91, Saitama with 49.53 and Aichi with 46.65.