• Staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo reported 335 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the daily tally of new cases topping 300 for the second day in a row.

Thursday’s total is bigger than 279 reported a week before. Experts and government officials have been warning that the pace of decline in new cases has slowed, with figures even beginning to increase in recent days.

Of Thursday’s new cases in the capital, 76 were people in their 20s, 63 were in their 30s, and 47 were in their 40s. 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 114,536.

The results came after 9,369 tests were conducted Monday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

On Wednesday, the nation reported 1,316 new cases, with the daily tally topping 1,000 for the second straight day and the 1,300 mark for the first time in 19 days.

The death toll grew by 54 from the previous day, while the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients came to 364, down by 17.

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