• staff report, Jiji


Tokyo reported 290 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as the pace of decline in number of new cases has slowed over the past week.

Tuesday’s figure was higher than 232 reported the previous Tuesday, after the capital saw 116 cases on Monday.

Of Tuesday’s new cases in the capital, 48 were people in their 40s, 45 were in their 50s, and 44 people were in their 20s. Those age 65 or over totaled 73 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by seven to 39. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 113,861.

The result came after 4,082 tests were conducted on Saturday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

On Monday, Japan reported 600 new cases, with the daily count falling below 1,000 for the first time in six days.

Forty-five deaths linked to the virus were confirmed on the day while the number of seriously ill patients grew by seven from Sunday to 380.

New infection cases were below 100 in three prefectures neighboring Tokyo on Monday, standing at 65 in Saitama, 73 in Chiba and 59 in Kanagawa. The government’s state of emergency over the virus was extended for two weeks until March 21 for Tokyo and the three prefectures. The combined number of new cases in the four prefectures stood at 313 on Monday, down by 48 from a week before.

Saitama reported 20 cases of infection with coronavirus variants.

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