All national dailies wrote that Japan confirmed a record 152,536 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Record numbers of cases were reported in 30 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including, Aichi, Hyogo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. In Osaka Prefecture, daily cases rose to a record 21,976, eclipsing the previous high of 15,291 logged on Feb. 11. Tokyo’s tally of 20,401 cases was the highest since Feb. 3. Nationwide, 53 people died and 176 people, up 21 from a day earlier, were seriously ill. Despite the surge in cases across the country, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters on Wednesday that the government has no intention at this stage to impose movement restrictions. “We will do our utmost to support the health care system and prioritize protecting elderly people, who are at a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms,” Matsuno said.
COVID-19 outbreaks at sumo stables have disrupted the ongoing Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, as all 49 wrestlers from the Sadogatake and Tamanoi stables have withdrawn from the ongoing Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament for coronavirus-related reasons. In professional baseball, a total of 40 Tokyo Giants baseball players, coaches, and other personnel tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.