• Staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo confirmed 270 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus on Friday, the daily figure staying below 500 for the 20th consecutive day.

Of the new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, 65 were in their 20s, 46 in their 30s, 36 in their 40s and 60 aged 65 or over.

Under the Tokyo metropolitan government’s criteria the number of severely ill patients stood at 70, down one from the previous day.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital came to 111,010.

The figures for Tokyo came after 2,145 tests were conducted on Tuesday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases across the nation on Thursday came to 1,076, bouncing back above 1,000 for the first time in two days.

The same day, 74 new deaths were reported across the country among infected people, while the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients decreased by 15 from the previous day to 472.

Meanwhile, the health ministry said Thursday that six people were confirmed through testing at airports to have been infected with U.K. or other novel coronavirus variants, and that eight others had tested positive for variants elsewhere in Japan. The total number of cases confirmed to involve variant strains in the country now stands at 202.

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