Coronavirus cases in Japan exceed 11,500

NHK -- Apr 22

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Japan stood at 11,543 on Tuesday after 390 new cases were detected nationwide.

The tally includes people tested at airport quarantine stations, health ministry officials, and individuals who returned to Japan on chartered planes.

The addition of the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship brings the total to 12,255.

Twenty fatalities linked to the virus were reported across the country on Tuesday. This brings the total death toll in Japan to 296, including 13 from the ship.

Tokyo tops the list of prefectures with the most infections at 3,307. Osaka is second with 1,349, followed by Kanagawa with 812, Chiba with 725, Saitama with 686, Hyogo with 543 and Fukuoka with 542.

Health ministry officials say 236 people remain in serious condition as of Tuesday, including four from the cruise ship.

The officials say 2,001 have recovered and left hospital. Of these, 1,356 were diagnosed in Japan, while 645 were infected on the ship.