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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 385 new coronavirus cases Saturday, exceeding 380 for a second straight day amid signs infection numbers are growing again as the Bon summer holiday period comes to a close.

The figure, which is down by four from Friday, pushed the cumulative tally in the capital to 17,454, with 338 deaths.

The latest data was based on 5,200 tests conducted on Wednesday.

The daily infection figure has stayed below 400 during the Bon holidays, after hitting a record 472 cases on Aug. 1, but the figures are up sharply from around 200 daily cases posted between Monday and Thursday.

The metropolitan government has raised its alert for the pandemic to the highest of four levels, meaning infections are spreading, and also asked Tokyoites to refrain from traveling or returning to their hometowns during the Bon holidays.

Karaoke venues and drinking establishments that serve alcohol are also being asked to close by 10 p.m. until the end of this month.

Women sprinkle water to counter the summer heat at the foot of Tokyo Skytree on Saturday. | KYODO
Women sprinkle water to counter the summer heat at the foot of Tokyo Skytree on Saturday. | KYODO

Elsewhere in the nation:

・Osaka Prefecture reported 151 new cases, down from 192 cases reported a day earlier, while neighboring Hyogo confirmed 53.

・Fukuoka Prefecture logged 75 new cases.

・Aichi Prefecture reported 72 new cases.

・Okinawa announced 49 infections, dropping below 50 for the first time in 12 days. The prefecture, which extended its declaration of a state of emergency by two weeks to Aug. 29, also reported three other cases at U.S. military bases in Okinawa.

・Hokkaido and Kochi logged 14 cases each, while Kumamoto announced five cases and the death of a woman in her 90s.

Overall in Japan, the number of new infections exceeded 1,000 for a second day on Friday, raising the total to 54,605 cases, including those aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to Kyodo News. The number of deaths rose by nine to 1,099 as of Friday.

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