Japan coronavirus death toll exceeds 4,000

The number of people who have died from the new coronavirus in Japan exceeded 4,000 on Saturday, including 13 who were on board a cruise ship.

It took six months after the country's first case was confirmed for the number of deaths to surpass 1,000 in mid-July last year. The figure topped 2,000 in late November, about four months later, and exceeded 3,000 on December 22, about one month later.

Less than 20 days later, the number has exceeded 4,000.