Tokyo logs 10 new coronavirus cases, a day after emergency lifted


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 10 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, a day after the central government lifted the state of emergency for the capital and four other remaining prefectures, Fuji News Network said.

The two-digit count marked the first such figure in two days and brought the total number of infections in Tokyo to 5,170, with 288 deaths.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the lifting of the state of emergency for the last five prefectures — Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Hokkaido — in a news conference Monday evening, on the basis that the pace of new cases had slowed in those areas.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has said Tokyo will ease its stay-home and business closure requests step by step in the post-state-of-emergency period while monitoring the spread of infections.

Nationwide, 21 new infections were reported Monday, raising the total tally in the nation, including cruise-ship related cases, to 17,305, with 865 deaths, according to Kyodo News.

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