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Tokyo reported 1,410 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, rising above 1,000 for the fourth consecutive day and surpassing the week-before level for the 28th straight day.

Neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, logged 539 cases, the first time it has topped 500 new infections since January. Five deaths were also reported in the prefecture.

Saturday’s caseload in the capital was more than the 950 reported a week before and the 1,410 cases were the most since Jan. 21.

Daily new infections in Tokyo averaged 1,012.0 in the week to Saturday, compared with 720.1 the previous week.

The number of people severely ill with COVID-19 under the metropolitan government’s criteria stood at 59, rising by six from Friday. The capital also reported two coronavirus-linked deaths.

Saitama Prefecture logged 318 new infections while Chiba Prefecture saw 244 cases and two deaths as the capital region braces itself amid a rise in cases.

Early signs of a surge are also emerging outside Kanto. Osaka Prefecture, which was hard hit by the country’s fourth wave of infections, reported 380 cases — sharply up from the 200 cases reported last Saturday — and four deaths. Hokkaido saw 111 cases — crossing the 100 threshold for the first time since June 12 — and recorded one death, while Hyogo Prefecture reported 122 cases, rising above 100 for the first time since June 2. Okinawa Prefecture reported 81 cases.

On Friday, cases nationwide totaled 3,431, topping the 3,000 mark for the third consecutive day.

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