• Staff report, JIJI


Japan logged 2,278 COVID-19 cases Friday, a third consecutive day over 2,000, while Tokyo confirmed 822 new infections as a spike in new cases continues in the capital.

The nationwide number of severe COVID-19 cases dropped by 23 from the previous day to 441, while 20 new deaths were reported among infected people across the country.

The daily tally on Friday in Tokyo exceeds last week's total of 660, steadily rising week-on-week for the 20th consecutive day.

New infections in the capital, which will again come under a state of emergency on Monday, averaged 686.7 per day leading up to Friday, compared with 537.1 the previous week.

The number of people severely ill with COVID-19 in Tokyo under the metropolitan government’s criteria stood at 62, up two from Thursday. The capital also reported two deaths.

Neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture logged 355 new cases and three deaths, while Chiba and Saitama prefectures logged 180 and 150, respectively.

Outside the capital region, Okinawa Prefecture, also under a state of emergency, logged 55 new cases and five coronavirus-linked deaths on Friday. A total of 143 cases and two deaths were reported in Osaka Prefecture, while Aichi Prefecture logged 66 cases and two deaths. Hokkaido confirmed 50 cases and one death, while Hyogo Prefecture saw 38 infections.

On Thursday, Japan's daily coronavirus count came to 2,246. Seventeen deaths were reported.

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