Japan confirms 54,378 new coronavirus cases, 284 deaths on Monday

Japan's health ministry says it confirmed 54,378 new coronavirus cases nationwide and 284 deaths on Monday.

There are 687 seriously ill patients on ventilators, or ECMO heart-lung machines, down 15 from Sunday.

In Tokyo, 4,433 cases were confirmed. The daily tally is down 3,766 from a week ago, and is the fifth straight day to see a week-on-week decrease.

The ministry also confirmed 30 deaths in the capital. The number of seriously ill patients rose by two to 45.