• Staff Report, Jiji


Tokyo reported 313 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, slipping below 400 new infections for the first time in two days.

A recent spike in cases has raised worries over a fourth wave of infections following the lifting of the state of emergency a week ago.

Among Sunday’s new cases in Tokyo, 88 people were in their 20s, 47 were in their 50s and 43 were in their 40s, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement. Those age 65 or older totaled 65 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by three from a day earlier to 41.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 119,974. The results came after 7,459 tests were conducted Thursday. It usually takes about three days for test results to affect the daily case count.

Across the nation, 2,073 new coronavirus cases were reported Saturday, the second consecutive day above 2,000.

The country reported 32 new deaths from the virus. There were 331 patients with severe symptoms, up by eight from Friday.

Osaka Prefecture reported 386 new cases, Hyogo Prefecture 164 new cases and Kyoto Prefecture 32 new cases, their highest levels since the government lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency for the three western prefectures at the end of February.

Miyagi Prefecture confirmed 129 new cases, the fifth straight day above 100, and neighboring Yamagata Prefecture had 45 new cases, its second-highest level.

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