Japan logs highest number of daily virus cases since state of emergency ended

TOKYOJapan recorded a total of 455 new novel coronavirus cases on July 15 — the highest figure since a state of emergency imposed over the virus was lifted on May 25.
The last time the daily number of new cases topped 450 was on April 22. Of the new infections, 13 were discovered during airport quarantine checks.
Including some 700 cruise ship passengers and crew members, the new cases pushed the official number of infections in Japan up to 23,694.
In Tokyo, one person in his 90s died, bringing the nationwide death toll from the virus to 998.
Tokyo confirmed 165 new infections on July 15. A number of other regions also marked infection highs since the lifting of the state of emergency. Osaka Prefecture in western Japan recorded 61 new cases on July 15, Kanagawa Prefecture south of Tokyo 43, Aichi Prefecture in central Japan 16, and Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan 12.
Kanagawa Prefecture announced that one person listed on July 13 as being infected has tested negative for the virus.
Based on original coverage by the Mainichi Shimbun and press releases by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of people in Japan discharged after having contracting the virus stood at 18,312 as of July 15.
(Japanese original by Hitomi Saikawa, City News Department)