COVID-19 cases in Japan rise by 22 to reach 16,337

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The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 22 to reach 16,337, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Sunday.

The number excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at 769, according to the health ministry, with the figure including those from the cruise ship.

In Tokyo, the epicenter of Japan's outbreak, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by five to reach 5,055, followed by Osaka Prefecture with 1,770 infections.

Kanagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, has recorded 1,266 infections, Hokkaido 1,014 cases, Saitama 985, Chiba 892, while Hyogo Prefecture has recorded 700 cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures on Sunday.

The health ministry said there are currently a total of 236 patients considered severely ill and are on ventilators or in intensive care units.

The ministry also said that in total, 11,806 people, including 653 from the cruise ship, have been discharged from hospitals after their symptoms improved.

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