• Staff report, Jiji


Tokyo confirmed 759 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the government is set to put the capital and Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto prefectures under a fresh state of emergency to fight the resurgence of infections.

The figure in the capital is higher than the 667 cases reported last Friday.

The seven-day average of new cases came to 697.3, compared to 542 the week before.

People age 65 or over, who are at high risk of developing severe symptoms, accounted for 61. The number of severely ill patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria rose four from Thursday to 52.

On Thursday, Osaka Prefecture confirmed 1,167 new cases of novel coronavirus infection, posting a figure above 1,000 for three days in a row.

The country’s daily COVID-19 tally totaled 5,501 on Thursday, exceeding 5,000 for two days running. Japan’s new COVID-19 fatalities totaled 41. The number of severely ill coronavirus patients rose by 14 from Wednesday to 805.

New cases hit record highs for the second straight day in Nara, Mie and Fukui prefectures, with Thursday’s tally coming to 125, 68 and 38, respectively. Oita Prefecture also saw a new high of 42 cases.

New cases hit the highest levels since the lifting of the second state of emergency in Saitama Prefecture at 233, Kanagawa Prefecture at 318, Kyoto Prefecture at 148 and Fukuoka Prefecture at 268.

In Kobe, a female COVID-19 patient waiting to be hospitalized was found dead at her home on Wednesday. An infected man in the city who had also been on the waiting list was discovered dead at his home on Tuesday.

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