TOKYO, April 23 (KUNA) - Japan reported 5,524 new cases of the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, raising the nation's total number to 555,585, the health ministry and local authorities said Friday.
The country's cumulative death toll rose by 34 to 9,823. Tokyo added 759 new infections, which brought the total cases in the Japanese capital to 133,662. The tallies exclude those who were linked to a virus-hit cruise ship in February.
Due to a recent surge in infections, the government panel of experts on Friday approved the government's plan to declare a fresh state of emergency over the COVID-19 for Tokyo and three other prefectures from Sunday through May 11. (end) mk.aa