As of 11 p.m., Saturday, April 17
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. on Saturday to provide additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to Japan, Japanese officials said.
- The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has topped 3 million, with the pace of increase accelerating from mid-March, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Saturday.
- Tokyo reported 759 daily coronavirus cases Saturday, the highest number since late January, as the country grapples with a resurgence of infections that medical experts describe as a "fourth wave" of the pandemic.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga suggested Friday he will prioritize the government's coronavirus response as he weighs when to dissolve Japan's lower house for an election, due by this fall.
- The White House on Friday remained mum on whether President Joe Biden has plans to attend the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, as Japan continues to make preparations to hold the events amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 11 p.m., Friday, April 16
- The Philippines will extend its travel ban on new entries for foreigners until April 30, as the number of reported coronavirus cases remains high, the government said Friday.
- China's economy recorded its sharpest quarterly growth on record in the first three months of 2021, expanding 18.3 percent from a year earlier, official data showed Friday, as both domestic and external demand steadily recuperated from the coronavirus crisis.
- The Japanese government decided Friday to expand tougher COVID-19 restrictions to all three of the country's major metropolitan areas centering on Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as infections surge less than a month after a state of emergency was lifted.
- Japan will co-host a leaders' meeting in June to promote global efforts to ensure fair access to coronavirus vaccines for developing countries, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Thursday.