This is the fifth day in a row the country has seen a record spike in the number of cases the fatal disease, CNN reported.
The latest spike brings the number of total infections to 7,460, including 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. In Tokyo, a record 197 cases of infection were confirmed on Saturday, bringing the total to 1,902.
The total number of deaths in Japan now stands at 109.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a month-long state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and unveiled a record stimulus package aimed at steering the world’s third-largest economy through its biggest crisis since the war.
The PM told a televised news conference a recent sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other urban areas had forced him to rethink Japan’s approach towards stemming the outbreak.
Abe had faced criticism for not activating emergency measures earlier, as experts warned the true number of cases could be far higher than the official statistics suggest, due to a lack of widespread testing.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected 1.7 million people and killed more than 108,000 around the world.