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The daily number of new coronavirus infections in Tokyo came to 1,915 on Monday, the lowest figure since 1,429 new cases on July 26, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Meanwhile, a total of 12 new fatalities were reported among infected people in the Japanese capital on the day. The dead were in their 30s to 90s.

Tokyo’s daily infection total fell by 532 from a week earlier, down for the eighth consecutive day.

The seven-day average of daily infections stood at 3,708, down 20.4% from the previous week.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by nine from the previous day to 287.

Of the people found positive for the coronavirus in Tokyo on Monday, 545 were in their 20s, 369 in their 30s and 318 in their 40s. Those aged 65 or over accounted for 97.

Across Japan, a total of 13,638 people were newly confirmed with the coronavirus on the day. The nationwide figure stood below 15,000 for the first time in two weeks.

Kanagawa Prefecture confirmed 1,719 cases and Osaka Prefecture saw 1,605 cases, while Aichi Prefecture reported 1,509 cases. Saitama Prefecture marked 1,106 cases and Chiba Prefecture recorded 1,030 cases.

The country’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed by 46.

According to the health ministry, the nationwide number of severely ill COVID-19 patients rose by five to 2,075, rewriting its record high for the 18th straight day.

The cumulative number of novel coronavirus infection cases in Japan, including among cruise ship passengers and crew members, rose 153,953 from a week before to stand at 1,460,046 as of 10 a.m. Monday.

The rise was slightly smaller than the preceding week’s 157,498, with the pace of increase falling for the first time in 10 weeks.

Saitama Prefecture followed Tokyo, Osaka and Kanagawa prefectures to see its cumulative number of coronavirus cases surpass 100,000.

Japan confirmed 19,314 new coronavirus infection cases Sunday, falling below 20,000 for the first time in six days.

On Sunday, 50 fatal cases were reported across the country.

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