On August 16, Fukuoka Prefecture announced 74 new cases of the new coronavirus infection. Also, Fukuoka City reported the deaths of two COVID-19 patients in their nineties. Those were the 40th and 41st deaths from the disease in the prefecture to date. Despite August 16 being the last day of the Obon holidays, no congestion was reported for trains, airplanes, or local highways. The seat occupancy rate for a JR bullet train departing from Hakata Station around 8:30 a.m. (non-reserved seats) was only approximately 10%. Sources: Asahi / NHK
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