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Japan newly confirmed 15,753 COVID-19 infections on Saturday, a day after Japan’s cumulative total of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 1 million, marking a single-day high for the fourth straight day.

Across the country, 13 new deaths were confirmed among infected people, while the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients climbed by 48 from the previous day to 1,068.

Tokyo logged 4,566 new COVID-19 cases.

The capital has been under a state of emergency since July 12, but Saturday’s tally — the second highest daily total yet — suggests that the measure has not been effective at preventing the spread of the more virulent delta variant.

The seven-day average of new infections in the capital rose to 3,893 from 2,920 through Saturday, according to the metropolitan government. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria climbed by nine from the previous day to 150.

The daily tally reached record highs in seven prefectures: Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Shiga and Kumamoto.

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