• Staff report, Jiji


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 2,539 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, down by 1,688 from a week before, while cases remained high in other highly populated prefectures.

The daily tally in the capital was lower than the previous week’s level for the 12th consecutive day, but experts said precautions should be taken to prevent a spread of COVID-19 infections as schools are opening after the summer break.

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