• Staff report, Kyodo, Jiji

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Tokyo confirmed 19 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest since mid-June last year, as a downtrend in infections continues across Japan.

The announcement came the day before the metropolitan government, three neighboring prefectures — Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama — and Osaka are set to lift their requests that restaurants and bars limit the hours in which alcohol can be served.

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