• Staff report, Jiji


Tokyo reported 405 new COVID-19 infections on Monday amid a resurgence of infections linked to new virus variants.

Tokyo’s figure was the most for a Monday since Jan. 25 and was higher than the previous two Mondays — 306 on April 12 and 249 on April 5. The new cases in the capital come after Tokyo’s governor hinted at the potential need for a third virus state of emergency declaration. Osaka Prefecture’s governor said Monday that he will ask the central government to declare such an emergency for his prefecture, as it logged 719 new cases.

Tokyo’s daily coronavirus tally averaged 600.6 over the last week, up from 476.1 the preceding week.

Among Monday’s new cases in the capital, 86 people were in their 20s, 85 were in their 30s and 58 each were in their 40s and 50s, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement. Those age 65 or older totaled 52 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria rose by two from a day earlier to 47. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 130,488.

On Sunday, Osaka Prefecture confirmed a record 1,220 new COVID-19 cases, with the tally topping 1,000 for the sixth straight day.

Nationwide on Sunday, the country recorded a total of 4,093 cases, topping the 4,000 threshold for the fifth straight day. The country’s death toll linked to the coronavirus rose by 16, while the number of severely ill patients with the virus increased by 21 from the previous day to 723.

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