Japanese police say at least 500 people infected with the coronavirus have died at home and places other than hospitals across the country after their condition suddenly worsened.
The National Police Agency said the deaths occurred between March of last year and May of this year.
Last month saw 97 such deaths at home and other places, an increase of one from April and the second highest monthly number on record. Of them, 73 people, or about 75 percent, were in their 60s or older.
Officials said in some cases infections were confirmed after their deaths, while others stayed home and could not get treatment in time.
Experts are calling on people to seek help from medical institutions or local authorities if they feel something is wrong with their health.