• Staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo reported 304 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with the daily tally of new cases topping 300 for the third day in a row.

Friday’s total is bigger than 301 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 Friday’s new cases in the capital, 62 were people in their 20s, 59 were in their 40s, and 48 were in their 30s. Those age 65 or over totaled 61 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria declined two from the previous day to 37. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 114,840.

The results came after 8,053 tests were conducted Tuesday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

Japan reported 1,319 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Thursday, while the nationwide death toll related to the virus increased by 45 from the previous day.

The number of seriously ill coronavirus patients came to 354, down by 10 from Wednesday.

Eighteen coronavirus deaths were confirmed in Tokyo on Thursday.

Miyagi Prefecture reported 53 new infection cases. The daily count in the northeastern prefecture exceeded 50 for the first time since Jan. 22.

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