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Tokyo reported a record 539 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the metropolitan government said, the third-straight day over 500.

The number of cases topped 500 for the first time on Thursday, with a single-day record 534.

Of Saturday’s total, people in their 20s made up the largest group of new infections, at 139, followed by those in their 30s, at 102, and those in their 40s, at 105. Those age 60 or older came to 80.

The figure for Saturday was based on 6,962 tests. The capital’s cumulative tally of cases stood at 37,317. The number of seriously ill patients rose by three to 40.

Nationwide, Japan reported 2,596 new cases Saturday, public broadcaster NHK reported, the fourth consecutive record-breaking day amid an ongoing nationwide surge that began in late October.

Several other prefectures posted record-busting daily figures, including Osaka, with 415 cases, Saitama, at 173, Hyogo, with 142, Chiba, with 109, Ibaraki, with 66, and Ehime, at 20.

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