Japan confirms 96,392 coronavirus cases, 451 deaths on Thursday

Japan's health ministry says it confirmed 96,392 new cases of the coronavirus and 451 deaths nationwide on Thursday. A record 503 deaths were reported across the country on Saturday, but since then the number has been below 500 for five straight days.

The number of seriously ill patients stands at 681, down eight from Wednesday.

In Tokyo, the number of new infections was 7,719, down 5,708 from a week ago.

The ministry also confirmed 30 deaths in the capital.

The number of seriously ill patients who are on ventilators or ECMO heart-lung machines is 44, the same as Wednesday.