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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 339 new novel coronavirus cases Thursday, topping 300 for the first time in five days amid worries over a new wave of infections following the end of the Bon summer holidays.

The figure, which is up sharply from the 186 infections logged Wednesday, pushed the cumulative tally in the capital to 18,607, with 347 deaths. The result was based on 6,005 tests conducted on Monday. Thirty-six people are in serious condition, up by four from a day earlier.

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