• Staff report, Jiji


Tokyo reported 303 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a day after the government decided to end the current state of emergency on Sunday as scheduled.

The figure was slightly lower than 304 cases reported a week earlier.

Among Friday’s new cases in the capital, 67 were people in their 20s, 49 were in their 30s and 38 each were in their 40s and 50s. Those age 65 or older totaled 60 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria rose by two from the previous day to 46.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 116,919. The results came after 8,253 tests were conducted Tuesday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

Japan confirmed 1,497 new coronavirus infection cases Thursday, with the daily tally topping 1,000 for the third consecutive day.

The daily count stood at 1,318 a week before.

The death toll linked to the virus grew by 32 from the previous day, while the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients fell by 10 to 325.

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