March 14, 2020 / 3:39 PM / in 19 days

Coronavirus cases in Japan at 1,423 as of Saturday morning - NHK

A passenger, wearing protective mask following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), looks on her mobile phone at the almost empty Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of coronavirus cases in Japan has risen to 1,423 as of mid-morning on Saturday, with western Nagasaki prefecture reporting its first case, public broadcaster NHK said.

The total of 1,423 infections includes 697 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 14 returnees on charter flights from China, according to NHK data.

Japan has now recorded 28 deaths from the virus, including seven from the cruise ship, NHK said.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink; editing by Richard Pullin

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