May 19 2021 (NHK) reported that Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that in the week ending on the 18th, more than 8,700 people in Japan infected with the variant coronavirus, the outbreak since the outbreak, the largest number of people infected with the variant coronavirus.
Reported that in the week to the 18th, a total of 8,760 people were reported across Japan infected with the mutated virus, compared with 3,334 last week, an increase rate of more than 61%. Of these, Osaka Prefecture had the largest number, at 2,331 and Tokyo by 2,045.
In addition, the Japanese government analyzed genetic samples of 3,900 infected people and found that 97% of them detected the variant coronavirus found in the UK. Japan also detected the mutated virus in India for the first time this week, with eight people infected.