As of 10 p.m., Tuesday, May 4
- Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura indicated Tuesday he would ask the central government to extend the current COVID-19 state of emergency in the western Japan metropolis beyond its May 11 end date as the number of infections has not shown a significant decrease.
- Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations started a three-day meeting Monday in London, focusing on ways to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific and curb the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 10 p.m., Monday, May 3
- Japan has 1,084 COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms, the health ministry said Monday, hitting an all-time high for the second straight day and stoking fears of further strains on health care systems.
- Asian finance chiefs held a videoconference Monday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation as well as to compare notes on their economies and how they have been impacted by the novel coronavirus with the global pandemic showing no signs of abating.
- Senior vice defense minister Yasuhide Nakayama inspected Monday a candidate site in Osaka for a state-run center in western Japan as the country seeks to speed up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign.