Despite a declining trend in Hokkaido, Japan has yet to reach its peak for COVID-19 infections, with the number of infected people still rising significantly in Aichi and Hyogo prefectures, a Kyodo News study has showed.

The study, released Tuesday, is based on data from about 680 confirmed cases whose dates of onset of the disease were available among cases reported by local governments to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry as of Monday.

In Hokkaido, where 152 cases — the highest number of domestic infections — and six deaths have been reported, the number of new cases has been decreasing since Gov. Naomichi Suzuki declared a state of emergency on Feb. 28.