• Staff Report, Jiji

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Tokyo posted 337 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, with the daily figure holding below 500 for three weeks straight.

Of the new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, 77 were in their 20s, 63 in their 30s, 54 in their 40s and 56 age 65 or over.

Under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s criteria the number of severely ill patients stood at 68, down two from the previous day.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital came to 111,347.

Japan posted 1,056 new COVID-19 cases nationwide on Friday and 80 deaths.

The number of severely ill people with the coronavirus dropped by 15 from the previous day to 457.

The six prefectures that will exit the ongoing state of emergency over the pandemic at the end of this month also logged week-on-week falls in daily coronavirus cases.

Across the country, five people in their 20s to 60 newly tested positive for coronavirus variants, according to the health ministry. They are said to have no records of contact with large numbers of people.

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