• staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo reported 300 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the number of new cases having stopped falling recently even as the government mulls lifting the current state of emergency on Sunday as scheduled.

Tuesday’s figure is higher than 290 cases reported a week earlier. It is the eighth straight day for which the new case number was higher than the week-before levels.

Of Tuesday’s new cases in the capital, 67 were people in their 30s, 55 were in their 20s and 45 were in their 50s. Those age 65 or older totaled 52 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria remained the same as the previous day at 42.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 115,884. The results came after 4,387 tests were conducted Saturday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

On Monday, the nation confirmed 695 new cases and 38 fatalities, including nine in Tokyo and seven in neighboring Saitama Prefecture.

The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients fell by one from the previous day to 327.

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