Wakayama Prefecture announced on the 31st that it was newly confirmed that nine men and women in their teens to 70s were infected with the new coronavirus.

According to the prefecture, three of them, a company employee in their 40s and two university students in their 20s, were temporarily returning to Wakayama prefecture during the year-end and New Year holidays.

The number of people confirmed to be infected in the prefecture is now 616.