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Tokyo reported 116 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, as the capital and its neighboring prefectures went into an extended period of a second state of emergency the same day.

The number was lower than 121 reported the previous Monday, and it came after 237 cases were reported on Sunday.

The state of emergency in the Tokyo area has been extended by two weeks from the scheduled end on Sunday.

Of Monday’s new cases in the capital, 20 were from people in their 20s, 18 were in their 50s, and14 people were in their 30s and 60s. Those age 65 or over totaled 27 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by six to 46. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 113,571.

The result came after 4,793 tests were conducted on Friday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

While new cases in the capital dropped on Monday, the weekly number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan has increased for the first time in eight weeks.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, the cumulative number of infection cases, including among cruise ship passengers and crew members, came to 440,708, up by 7,267 from a week before. The increase was larger than the preceding week’s 7,083.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa rose by 4,109 over the past week, with the margin of increase shrinking from previous week’s 4,266.

The number of coronavirus cases went up by 1,779 in Tokyo, a slower growth than the preceding week’s 1,942, by 711 in Saitama, compared with 691, by 844 in Chiba, smaller than 819, and by 775 in Kanagawa, against 814.

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