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Japan virus cases top 10,000 including cruise ship passengers; death toll hits 203

This photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in April 2020 shows high-rise buildings in Tokyo's Shinjuku district. In the center is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

Japan recorded 576 new cases of the novel coronavirus across the country on April 16 including 149 in Tokyo. Combined with some 700 passengers who contracted the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan has now recorded 10,002 infections.

A total of 13 people were announced on April 16 to have died from the virus in Japan, bringing the death toll in the country to 203. The prefectures of Mie in western Japan and Oita in southwestern Japan, as well as Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa recorded their first deaths.

In the western Japan prefecture of Osaka, the infections of 52 people were confirmed. In Wakayama Prefecture, also in western Japan, a newborn baby whose parents had earlier tested positive for the virus was also confirmed to have contracted it.

In the city of Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture, a man in his 50s who had a fever and was resting at home died, and it was confirmed that he had contracted the virus.

(Japanese original by Sachi Fukushima, Special Reports Department)

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