As of 10 p.m., Sunday, May 2
- The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in Japan hit a record 1,050 on Sunday, up 30 from the previous day, as the country grapples with the coronavirus resurgence.
- Nippon Professional Baseball announced the postponement Sunday of the three-game Pacific League series between the Lotte Marines and the Nippon Ham Fighters, scheduled to start the following day at Chiba's Zozo Marine Stadium, after 10 Fighters players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
As of 10 p.m., Saturday, May 1
- Up to around 300 people every day, who had pledged to self-isolate upon arrival into Japan as part of measures to contain the novel coronavirus, could not be confirmed to be in their quarantine location or were found to be some distance away, the health ministry and a contracted medical service firm said Saturday.
- Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee Vice President Toshiaki Endo on Saturday asserted his belief that coronavirus countermeasures will allow the games to be held and that organizers are not considering cancellation.
- Tokyo reported another 1,050 coronavirus infections Saturday, the highest daily number since Jan. 28, with the capital and three western prefectures under the country's third state of emergency since late last month.
- Japan's Golden Week holiday period began in earnest on Saturday, but the first day of five consecutive vacation days was relatively quiet in major areas as measures against COVID-19 dissuaded many people from traveling.
- A Japanese cruise ship returned to Yokohama port Saturday after a passenger tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
- More than half the respondents in a Kyodo News survey released Saturday believe Japan needs to amend its Constitution to introduce an emergency clause so that it can better respond to the coronavirus pandemic and other disasters.