• Staff report, Jiji

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 21 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the same tally as a week before. One death was reported among those infected.

The seven-day average of new cases was 15.9, down from 17.3 a week earlier.

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in Tokyo remains unchanged from Tuesday at three.

The health ministry said Wednesday the country had 27 severely ill COVID-19 patients, a decrease of one from Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Japan confirmed 116 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths.

Three prefectures reported 10 or more new cases Tuesday — 19 in Tokyo, 15 in Osaka and 11 in Aichi. Twelve new cases were detected in airport quarantine checks.

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