Japan logs 554 daily COVID-19 cases, new high since Omicron spread

Kyodo -- Jan 03
Japan confirmed 554 daily coronavirus cases Sunday, a new high since the Omicron variant was first detected in late November, amid a steady increase of infections involving the highly transmissible strain in the midst of the country's New Year holidays.

The figure was up from 534 reported the previous day, with the cumulative total of Omicron infections rising to 695 as of 9 p.m. Saturday from 637 a day earlier, according to a Kyodo News tally and data from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

New cases in the country have continued to increase since over 500 daily COVID-19 infections were reported for the first time in two months in late December. Daily infections had been declining since hitting a peak of over 25,000 in the summer, with more than 75 percent of the population inoculated with two vaccine shots.

The number of patients with serious symptoms nationwide increased by two from the day before to 53, according to the health ministry.

ANNのまとめでは、国内で2日に新たに確認された新型コロナウイルスの感染者は554人でした。 - ANNnewsCH