According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of people who have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus and who are being treated in a respirator or intensive care unit is 972 as of the 17th.

This is the highest number ever, surpassing the highest number of 965 on the 16th by 7 people.

On the other hand, as of the 17th, there were 248,488 infected people in Japan and 659 cruise ship passengers and crew, totaling 249,147 people who were discharged from the hospital after their symptoms improved.

In addition, on the 14th of this month, 41,673 PCR tests were conducted daily as preliminary figures.