• Staff report, Jiji

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Tokyo reported 1,008 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, rising above 1,000 for the fifth consecutive day and surpassing the week-before level for the 29th straight day.

Sunday’s caseload in the capital was nearly 400 more than the 614 reported a week before and came a day after Tokyo recorded 1,410 infections, the most since Jan. 21.

Daily new infections in Tokyo averaged 1,068.3 in the week to Sunday, compared with 733.9 the previous week.

The number of people severely ill with COVID-19 under the metropolitan government’s criteria stood at 58, falling by one from Saturday.

Neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, logged 460 cases, a day after topping 500 new infections for the first time since January. Saitama Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture, which also neighbor Tokyo, saw 287 and 254 cases, respectively, as the capital region braces itself amid a rise in infections.

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 262 cases, while Hyogo Prefecture reported 75 cases.

Elsewhere, Hokkaido confirmed 107 cases, while Aichi Prefecture reported 94 cases and Okinawa Prefecture saw 70 infections.

On Saturday, 3,886 people nationwide tested positive for the coronavirus, including via airport checks, with the daily total topping 3,000 for the fourth straight day. A total of 16 virus-related deaths were also confirmed nationwide.

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