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Okinawa remote island confirms first 2 coronavirus infections

Ishigaki Island is seen in this file photo taken in August 2017. (Mainichi/Keiichi Sato)

TOKYO -- Two residents of Ishigaki Island have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first two infections confirmed on a remote island in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, it was announced on April 13.

The residents are a man in his 20s and a woman in her 60s living in the city of Ishigaki.

Moreover, 280 people were confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide on April 13, bringing the total number of infections in Japan to 8,383 including passengers who contracted the virus on the cruise ship Diamond Princess.

The western Japan prefecture of Osaka saw 24 new cases, and 19 new infections were found in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo. A boy at a municipal day care center in Nagoya in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi was also found to have tested positive on April 13.

The total number of deaths in Japan rose to 154, including a woman in her 30s who died of COVID-19 in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

Furthermore, four Japanese residents in their 20s to 80s who traveled overseas, quarantined at Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced.

(Japanese original by Shohei Oshima, City News Department)

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