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Japan confirmed a total of 1,440 new cases of the novel coronavirus as of late Sunday, with the daily figure exceeded 1,000 for the sixth straight day.

Seven deaths linked to the virus were also reported, including three in Hokkaido.

Tokyo reported 255 new coronavirus cases the same day, the metropolitan government said, falling below 300 for the first time in five days amid growing concerns over a third wave of the virus in Japan.

The new cases included 68 in their 20s, 47 in their 30s and 43 in their 50s. Those aged 65 or older came to 25.

The figure for Sunday was based on 6,257 tests. The capital’s cumulative tally of cases stood at 34,751. The number of seriously ill patients fell by three to 38, a day after posting the highest figure since May 24.

Meanwhile, Hokkaido confirmed 209 cases, marking the fourth consecutive day in which the daily count exceeded 200, while the number of infections stood at 266 in Osaka Prefecture, topping 200 for the sixth day in a row.

In other prefectures, new infection cases totaled 114 in Kanagawa, 102 in Aichi, 80 in Saitama and 79 in Hyogo.

Despite the resurgence of infections, people continued to head to popular tourist spots as the country over the weekend as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he will maintain the government’s Go To Travel subsidy campaign to support domestic tourism, and denied the need to declare another state of emergency.

The government has aimed at striking a balance between curbing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping up social and economic activities since it lifted a state of emergency in May.

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