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Tokyo reported two new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, the lowest daily figure in months, NHK and other media reported on Saturday.

The report comes after Tokyo reported just three cases on Friday, raising the likelihood that the government may lift the state of emergency in the capital as early as Monday.

The number of new infections per 100,000 people in Tokyo in the week through Saturday came to 0.29, below the government-set threshold of 0.5 for lifting the state of emergency. Tokyo has reported fewer than 10 cases five times this week.

The state of emergency has been lifted in all but five prefectures — Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may lift it in the five prefectures as early as Monday following a meeting of the government’s expert panel the same day.

Saturday’s cases brought the total number of infections in Tokyo to 5,138.

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