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Tokyo logs 11 new coronavirus cases Wednesday

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 11 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, two days after the central government lifted the state of emergency for the capital and four other remaining prefectures.

A two-digit figure was reported in three of the past four days, and the total number of infections in Tokyo is now 5,181, with 292 deaths. The weekly total was 59, below the 70 infections per week threshold that the government has set as a target for lifting the state of emergency in the capital.

Japan lifted the state of emergency for the last five prefectures — Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Hokkaido — on Monday, following a marked slowdown in the pace of new infections in those areas.

Nationwide, 30 new infections were reported Tuesday, raising the total tally in the nation, including cruise-ship related cases, to 17,335, with 876 deaths, according to Kyodo News.

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