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Weekly COVID-19 cases in Japan have exceeded 1,000 for the first time in four weeks.

The country's cumulative number of cases, including those among cruise ship passengers and crew members, stood at 1,730,341 as of 10 a.m. Monday, up by 1,144 from a week before.

Tokyo confirmed 171 new cases in the past week, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, followed by Gunma, at 157, and Kanagawa, at 141. The number of cases found through airport quarantine came to 129, up sharply from the preceding week's 82.

Japan's cumulative COVID-19 death toll grew by six to 18,390.

On Monday, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, up by four from a week earlier.

The seven-day average of daily new cases in the capital was 25.0, up from 17.4 a week before.

The number of severely ill patients counted under the metropolitan government's criteria was unchanged from Sunday at three. No deaths were reported among COVID-19 patients.

The health ministry said Monday the number of patients with severe symptoms nationwide stood at 27, unchanged from the previous day.

On Sunday, Japan confirmed 177 new cases of coronavirus infection.

The country had no COVID-19 fatality for the third straight day.

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