Osaka logged 785 new COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths on Saturday while Tokyo reported 772 a day after logging 854 infections.

Saturday’s figures came after Osaka reported 576 new cases Friday, the first time its daily tally has been below 600 since early April.

The capital, meanwhile, reported 1,121 cases a week ago and 1,050 on May 1.

Elsewhere, Aichi Prefecture tallied 596 cases, its fifth straight day over 500, while Hokkaido reported 566 and two deaths. Fukuoka Prefecture saw 522 cases and six deaths.

Large case counts were also reported in the prefectures of Kanagawa, at 328, Hyogo, 299, Saitama, 246, and Okayama, 185.

The government on Friday presented a plan to place Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures under a coronavirus state of emergency from Sunday to May 31. Tokyo and Osaka are among the prefectures already under the emergency declaration.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Tokyo considered to be seriously ill under the metropolitan government’s criteria came to 85, up one from Friday.

On Friday, a total of 6,267 cases were reported nationwide, while the number of severely ill patients fell by five from the previous day to 1,209, down for the first time in a week. Across the country, 81 deaths linked to the virus were also reported.

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