• Staff report, JIJI, Kyodo


Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike reported 462 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the 11th consecutive day over 200 in the capital, while Okinawa and Osaka prefectures set daily records for new cases.

Friday's jump over 400 in Tokyo was the first since Saturday, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 472. Thursday's tally was 360.

Japan is bracing for the start of the Bon holidays next week, when many city dwellers return to their hometowns each year.

About 80 percent of Friday's patients, or 372 people, were between 20 and 49, the metropolitan government said.

The tally of patients in serious condition grew to 23, up two from the previous day.

In Okinawa Prefecture, a record 100 cases were reported Friday, pushing its cumulative total to 884, the Okinawa Times reported.

The U.S. military reported four new cases at its facilities in the prefecture, the daily reported.

Okinawa had the highest number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, 30.32, in the weeklong period ended Wednesday, prompting Gov. Denny Tamaki to issue a state of emergency.

  • Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura said the prefecture had 156 cases on Friday, with 96 cases coming from Nagoya alone. The prefecture has topped 100 cases for 11 days in a row.
  • Osaka Prefecture reported a record-high 255 cases on Friday. It has now posted a record high two days in a row.
  • Fukuoka Prefecture reported 139 cases, including one case in which a patient tested positive for a second time after recovering from the first.
  • Six people who arrived at Narita and Haneda airports tested positive, according to the health ministry.

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