Local media in Japan reported that the number of deaths in the country as a result of coronavirus infection could reach 400,000, unless measures are taken to reduce the spread of infection.
The Kyodo News and the Asahi newspaper said that the estimates reported by a team from the ministry looking at the outbreak of the disease indicated that serious cases requiring artificial respiration could reach 850,000 cases.
These expectations are based on research by Hiroshi Nishiura, a professor at Hokkaido University, who is an infectious disease specialist, and advises the government on dealing with the virus.
The Ministry of Health has not confirmed the report yet.
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency, and advised its citizens to limit personal interaction by between 70 and 80 percent to prevent an explosion in the number of cases.
Japan has recorded more than 8,000 HIV infections and 162 deaths, according to Japanese Broadcasting Corporation television data.