• Staff report, Jiji

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Okinawa confirmed 207 new coronavirus cases Friday, a record high, as the government decided to add the prefecture to areas covered by a state of emergency.

Hokkaido posted 727 cases, also a record high.

Tokyo reported 649 cases, down from 854 a week before.

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s standards fell by four from Thursday to 65. The seven-day average of new infections in the capital came to 674.7, down from 926.3 a week before. Among the new cases, people age 65 or older accounted for 65 cases, the metropolitan government said.

Osaka Prefecture, which has seen its number of cases drop in recent days, logged 415 new cases Friday along with 22 deaths.

On Thursday, Japan confirmed 5,723 new cases nationwide of infection with the novel coronavirus. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients across the country fell by five from Wednesday to 1,288. Fatalities on Thursday totaled 106, including 32 in Osaka Prefecture. New cases numbered 501 in Osaka, down by 260 from a week before.

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