• Staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo confirmed 766 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, down from 969 a week before.

The seven-day average of new infections in the capital, meanwhile, came to 727.9, compared with 874.0 a week before.

Among the new cases, people age 65 or older accounted for 99 infections. The number of COVID-19 patients in Tokyo considered to be seriously ill under the metropolitan government’s criteria came to 73, down eight from Tuesday.

Osaka Prefecture reported 477 cases and 22 coronavirus-linked deaths. The number of new cases was down from 849 a week before.

Okinawa Prefecture posted a record high of 203 cases, up from 168 the previous day. The prefecture decided to ask the central government to add it to areas under a COVID-19 state of emergency.

Across the country, new cases totaled 5,229 on Tuesday, the first figure above 5,000 in two days. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients rose by eight from Monday to a record 1,235.

New COVID-19 fatalities totaled 216, including 121 deaths that had previously not been disclosed by the municipal government of Kobe.

Osaka's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 33 to 2,014, becoming the nation's first prefecture to exceed 2,000 fatalities.

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