• JIJI, Staff report

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Japan reported no deaths linked to the novel coronavirus on Sunday — the first time no fatalities had been reported on a single day in about 15 months.

The country reported a total of 162 new cases of the deadly virus the same day, while the nationwide number of severely ill COVID-19 patients stood at 100, unchanged from Saturday.

In the capital, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 21 new infections Sunday, down by one from a week earlier as the daily tally remained below 30 for the 11th consecutive day.

The seven-day average of new cases, meanwhile, stood at 20.1 in Tokyo, down from 24.6 a week before.

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under the metropolitan government’s standards was unchanged from Saturday at 12.

Osaka Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit areas, reported 39 new cases of the virus.

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