• Staff Report, Jiji


Tokyo confirmed 434 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with daily figures holding below 500 for a fifth straight day.

That marked a decline from the 491 cases reported a day earlier. Thursday's figure also means that the capital has gone 14 straight days with fewer than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases amid an extended coronavirus state of emergency.

Severe cases based on the metropolitan government’s standards remained unchanged at 103.

Of the new cases in Tokyo, 79 were from people in their 20s, 78 in their 30s and 64 in their 40s. People age 65 or older accounted for 91 cases. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 105,458.

Tokyo’s daily figure comes after 11,237 tests were conducted Monday. It usually takes around three days for tests to produce results.

Osaka and Chiba prefectures reported 141 and 127 new cases, respectively, on Thursday, while Hokkaido and Aichi prefectures confirmed 92 and 80 cases each.

The death toll rose by a record 121 on Wednesday, the same day the country posted 1,887 new coronavirus cases to mark four straight days below 2,000. The number of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms fell by 23 from the previous day to 736.

On Wednesday, Aomori Prefecture confirmed a record 40 new cases, all linked to a hospital in Kuroishi. Meanwhile, the coronavirus variant that originated in Britain was found in three people in their 50s to 70s in Hyogo Prefecture, putting the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus variants in the country at 108.

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