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.
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.