• Staff report, Jiji


Tokyo confirmed 907 new cases of COVID-19 and Osaka Prefecture reported 1,005 on Friday as the government prepared to extend the state of emergency in the prefectures beyond its scheduled end on Tuesday.

The number of COVID-related deaths in Osaka posted a record high of 50.

Of Friday’s total in Tokyo, people age 65 or over, who are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, accounted for 89.

The number of patients in serious condition under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s criteria came to 69, down by three from Thursday.

The total of new infections recorded in Tokyo in the week through Friday averaged 766.4, compared to 773.4 a week earlier.

On Friday, Fukuoka Prefecture saw a record 472 cases and four deaths.

Aichi Prefecture reported 443 cases, also a record high, while Hyogo Prefecture marked 493 cases and Hokkaido confirmed 248 cases. Gifu Prefecture also reported a record high of 130 cases.

On Thursday, Japan confirmed 4,380 new COVID-19 cases nationwide. The number of severely ill patients stood at 1,098, down by 16 from Wednesday, when the country had a record number of such patients.

Sixty-five deaths linked to COVID-19 were recorded, including 28 in Osaka Prefecture.

Osaka recognized 747 new cases on Thursday, logging fewer than 1,000 for the fourth consecutive day. Okayama Prefecture tied its record of 114 new cases confirmed in a day. Hiroshima Prefecture, neighboring Okayama, had 121 new cases — its highest since Jan. 8.

The northern city of Sapporo saw a record 251 new cases.

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