Japan faces another winter influenza crisis with a record high of 57.09 patients diagnosed last week with a medical outbreak of flu tests, the Ministry of Health said Friday.
In seven days to Sunday, this figure is comparable to the peak of last week's 54.33, which was the highest since comparable data was available in 1999, said the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
It is estimated that around 2.23 million people have been diagnosed with influenza during the reporting period, which is about 100,000 from the previous week.
There are 3550 patients hospitalized, 628 patients were severely ill. Both numbers were higher than 2050 and 379 winter peaks.
The total number of patients this season is estimated to have reached about 7.64 million. The most common viruses were the type A strain that caused the pandemic in 2009, and the A-type Hong Kong strain said.
The data are based on reports from around 5,000 designated treatment facilities across the country.