• staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo reported 340 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, staying below the 500 threshold for the 19th consecutive day.

Of the newly infected people, 65 were in their 40s, 62 in their 20s, and 50 in their 30s. Those age 65 or over accounted for 74 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria rose by two from a day earlier to 71. The cumulative number of cases in the capital came to 110,740.

Tokyo’s daily case total came after 10,228 tests were conducted on Monday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

On Wednesday, the nationwide daily tally of COVID-19 cases came to 921, below 1,000 for the first time in two days, while 69 new deaths were reported among infected people across the country.

According to the health ministry, a total of 10 people in their 30s to 70s across the country were newly confirmed to have contracted a British variant of the coronavirus. They have no record of staying abroad or having contact with many unknown people.

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