As of 11 p.m., Friday, April 30
- A passenger on a Japanese cruise ship that departed from Yokohama port has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, its operator said Friday.
- ANA Holdings Inc. posted Friday a record net loss of 404.62 billion yen ($3.7 billion) for the business year to March hurt by a pandemic-caused slump in travel demand, but it forecast a return to profitability in fiscal 2021.
- The first batch of the coronavirus vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical maker Moderna Inc. arrived in Japan on Friday, with the government planning to use it at mass vaccination centers following expected approval in May.
- The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has surpassed 150 million, with India seeing a sharp rise in infections, a Johns Hopkins University tally showed Friday.
- Japan's Cabinet decided Friday to use 500 billion yen ($4.6 billion) in fiscal 2021 reserve funds to aid businesses affected by the government's third state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 10 p.m., Thursday, April 29
- Tokyo reported 1,027 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest daily level since Jan. 28.
- Suzuki Motor Corp. will temporarily halt its three plants in India from later this week to make oxygen used in the car manufacturing process available for rapidly increasing coronavirus patients in the South Asian country, a company official said Thursday.
- Osaka University and Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a system capable of analyzing genetic mutations of the novel coronavirus much quicker than conventional methods.