More than 60,000 COVID-19 deaths in Japan since the start of the pandemic


Japan’s cumulative total of COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began surpassed 60,000 on Sunday, a tally showed, amid the eighth wave of coronavirus infections.

Compared to the total number of 50,000 on Dec. 1, Sunday’s figure highlights the increased rate of deaths of 10,000 in just about a month.

After the number passed the 20,000 mark last February since Japan confirmed its first domestic case of COVID-19 in January 2020, 10,000 deaths were reported every three months until December, according to the TBEN News tally.

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Japan posted a record 498 daily COVID-19 deaths on Thursday.

By age group and gender, men in their 80s accounted for the most deaths, followed by those in their 70s and 90s, according to Health Department data. As for women, the over-80s and over-90s are remarkably high.

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