• Staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo reported 340 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with the daily cases topping 300 for the first time since Friday.

Of Wednesday’s new cases in the capital, 73 were people in their 20s, 56 were in their 40s, and 53 people were in their 30s. Those age 65 or over totaled 69 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria stayed unchanged from the previous day at 39. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 114,201.

The result came after 1,551 tests were conducted Sunday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

Japan confirmed 1,128 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Tuesday, with the daily figure exceeding 1,000 for the first time in two days.

The daily count rose from 888 reported a week before. The number of severely ill coronavirus patients rose by one from Monday to 381 while 58 deaths linked to the virus were newly confirmed across the country.

New infection cases stood at 106 in Saitama Prefecture on Tuesday, 82 in Chiba Prefecture and 100 in Kanagawa Prefecture, all neighboring Tokyo. The combined number of new cases in Tokyo and the three prefectures, for which the government’s state of emergency over the virus has been extended for two weeks until March 21, stood at 578 Thursday, making up over half of the nationwide total.

In Hiroshima, 13 people were found to be infected with coronavirus variants. Of them, seven carry the variant spreading in Britain.

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