Japan’s COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 20,000

Tokyo – The cumulative number of deaths related to the novel coronavirus in Japan topped 20,000 Friday.

This came about 10 months after the tally exceeded 10,000 in April 2021, one year and two months after the first COVID-19 fatality was confirmed in the country in February 2020.

The daily number of COVID-19 deaths stood below 10 early this year. But the count then started to rise gradually in line with growth in new cases and severely ill patients as the nation entered the sixth wave of infections due to the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant.

Daily fatalities topped 100 on Feb. 4 and totaled over 160 on Wednesday and Thursday.

In Tokyo on Friday, 18,660 new infection cases and nine deaths were confirmed.