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Tokyo confirmed 561 new cases of coronavirus infections on Saturday, a shade below the record 570 cases marked the previous day.

Saturday's figure was the second highest for the capital, with daily cases topping 500 cases for a second straight day. The new infection figure is based on 7,766 tests, the metropolitan government said in a statement.

Among the new cases, those in their 20s had the highest number at 132 cases, followed by those in their 30s at 102 and people in their 40s at 90. Infections among those 65 or older totaled 82, compared to 83 the previous day.

The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients rose by six to 67 from Friday.

Elsewhere in Japan, Hokkaido reported 252 cases, the same as a day earlier, while Aichi Prefecture posted 217 cases. Okinawa also logged 78 cases and Mie Prefecture reported a record 29 cases.

On Friday, a total 2,531 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported nationwide, exceeding 2,500 for the second consecutive day.

The country's death toll from the virus grew by 31 on Friday from Thursday to 2,109. The new fatalities included nine in Hokkaido, five in Osaka and three each in Tokyo and Shizuoka Prefecture.

The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients increased by 25 to 435, hitting a record high, the health ministry said.

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