• Staff report, Kyodo


Tokyo reported 5,094 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, down from the record 5,773 recorded Friday but up from the 4,566 logged a week ago, with the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients also hitting a record high of 245.

The seven-day average of new infections in the capital came to 4,231.1, up from 3893.0 a week before, according to the metropolitan government, while the number of severely ill patients in the capital rose by 18 from Friday.

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