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Tokyo confirmed a single-day record 584 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, as the nationwide total of new infections came to 2,508, topping 2,000 for the fifth consecutive day.

Osaka Prefecture, meanwhile, registered 399 new infections, its fifth straight day reporting at least 300, while Aichi Prefecture recorded 219.

Other large case loads were reported in the prefectures of Kanagawa, with 192, Hokkaido, 183, Saitama, 168, Hyogo, 151, and Chiba, 74.

The cumulative virus-related death toll increased by 22 to 2,341. According to the health ministry, a record 520 people had serious COVID-19 symptoms in the country as of Saturday, up by 15 from a day earlier. In the capital, the number of severe COVID-19 infections rose by two from the previous day to 55.

Tokyo’s record daily figure was based on 7,624 tests, the metropolitan government said in a statement. Among the new cases, those in their 20s had the highest number at 137, followed by those in their 30s at 110 and people in their 40s at 95. Infections among those 65 or older totaled 88.

Saturday’s figure brought the capital’s cumulative total of coronavirus infections to 43,377.

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