Health authorities in Japan are reporting record deaths from the coronavirus, with over 400 people succumbing each day.
Sunday's count was down slightly from recent days. But experts warn the situation could get worse in the coming weeks.
Health officials across the country confirmed 407 fatalities linked to the virus on Sunday.
The central prefecture of Aichi had the most of Japan's 47 prefectures, at 44. In Tokyo, 30 people died.
Nationwide, the authorities reported over 190,000 new cases. The country is experiencing its 8th wave of infections. But the case numbers have yet to pass the previous peak last summer.
An expert at Tokyo Medical University Hospital says the authorities do not really have an accurate picture of the total. Professor Hamada Atsuo says he believes the actual numbers are much higher than what we are seeing.
He is calling on people across the country to raise their vigilance to avoid overwhelming the medical system.