Japan confirms 125,108 coronavirus cases, 449 deaths on Wednesday

Japan's health ministry says it confirmed 125,108 new cases of the coronavirus and 449 deaths nationwide on Wednesday. A record 503 deaths were reported across the country on Saturday, but since then the number has been below 500 for four straight days.

The number of seriously ill patients stands at 689, down one from Tuesday.

In Tokyo, the number of new infections was 9,187, down 7,585 from a week ago.

The ministry also confirmed 28 deaths in the capital.

The number of seriously ill patients stands at 44, down four from Tuesday.