Severe patients at record high as Japan reports 5,700 new virus cases

Kyodo -- Jan 18
More than 5,700 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across Japan on Sunday, with the number of hospitalized patients with serious symptoms topping 970 to hit a record high, authorities said.

The daily increase of infections compares with rises of more than 7,000 marked Friday and Saturday, a Kyodo News tally based on official data showed.

Tokyo confirmed an additional 1,592 infections, the metropolitan government said.

- Kyodo