Seats at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium will be prompted not to sit down as a measure to protect against the spread of the coronavirus on November 28 in Kunigami, Japan. Yuichi Yamazaki / Getty Images

Japan reported 2,688 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the highest increase in one day since the pandemic began, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday.

The new infections bring Japan’s total exposure to 145,365. The country also recorded 32 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, bringing the Covid-19 death toll to 2,119.

The Ministry of Health announced that 440 people with severe coronavirus symptoms are being treated in intensive care units.

Of the new cases on Saturday, 561 were reported in Tokyo – the second day in a row that the capital has registered more than 500 cases. The total number of cases in Tokyo now stands at 40,210.

Osaka, Japan’s second largest prefecture, recorded 463 new cases on Saturday.

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