By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Japan are reporting high numbers of COVID-19 in Tokyo, Osaka and nationwide today.


On Saturday, it was confirmed that 5094 people were infected with the new coronavirus in Tokyo. No fatalities were recorded.

Tokyo, just over a month into its fourth state of emergency, logged a record 5,773 new infections on Friday, a new record.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday, “I believe that the medical system in Tokyo is in a dire situation. Under such circumstances, it is the greatest responsibility of the government to protect the lives of the people.”

To date, Tokyo has seen 274,837 infections in the city.

Osaka Prefecture announced on Saturday that it was confirmed that 1828 people, a record high, were newly infected with the new coronavirus. The number of newly infected people per day exceeds 1000 for 4 consecutive days.

This brings the total number of infected people in the prefecture to 130,683.

With the virus spreading rapidly and showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to hold talks with relevant ministers next week on expanding the state of emergency beyond Tokyo and other prefectures where it is currently in place, according to sources close to the matter.

On Friday, Japan surpassed 20,000 cases in a day for the first time.