Japanese authorities have reported 3,247 new cases of the coronavirus nationwide as of 8:20 p.m. on Friday.
There were 49 deaths, including 9 each in Osaka and Hyogo, and 4 each in Tokyo and Kanagawa.
The overall total of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 239,711, including 712 from a cruise ship.
The tally of confirmed deaths has reached 3,554, including 13 from the vessel.
Health ministry officials say 716 patients were in serious condition as of Friday.