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Tokyo reported 330 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as signs that coronavirus cases are increasing cast doubt over whether a state of emergency covering the capital region can be lifted on March 21.

The latest figure, the fourth day in a row new cases have topped 300 in the capital, compares with the 293 reported the week before. Of Saturday’s new cases in the capital, 75 were people in their 20s, 53 were in their 40s, and 46 were in their 30s. Those age 65 or older totaled 68 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria rose by three from the previous day to 40. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 115,170.

The results came after 7,827 tests were conducted Wednesday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

Nationwide, Japan reported 1,271 new cases on Friday.

The death toll rose by 58 to reach a total of 8,535, while the number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients stayed flat at 354.

New infection cases were found across all demographics, including children under 10 and centenarians. People in their 20s made up the largest age group of new cases, at 62, followed by 59 among those in their 40s and 48 among those in their 30s. Those aged 65 or over accounted for 61.

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