• Staff report, Jiji

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 103 COVID-19 cases Monday, up by 68 from a week before, with the daily tally topping 100 for the first time since Oct. 8.

The seven-day average of daily new positive cases was 75.7, up from 38.6 a week earlier.

The number of new COVID-19 infection cases across Japan stood at 676 on Monday, exceeding 500 for the fifth consecutive day. There was one fatal case.

Okinawa Prefecture reported 130 cases the same day, with the daily tally topping 100 for the first time since Sept. 25.

Japan confirmed 3,205 new cases of coronavirus infection in the past week, up by 1,371 from the preceding week.

The data suggest that the virus is beginning to spread again in the country amid a rapid rise in the omicron variant.

The total number of infection cases confirmed in the country, including those among cruise ship passengers and crew members, stood at 1,735,357 as of 10 a.m. Monday.

Japan’s cumulative death toll from the virus stood at 18,406, up by eight from a week earlier.

By prefecture, Tokyo had the largest weekly COVID-19 cases at 462, followed by Osaka in western Japan at 380 and Okinawa, southernmost Japan, at 258. In airport quarantine checks, 526 infection cases were confirmed, 1.8 times the previous week’s count of 292.

The health ministry said Monday the number of patients with severe symptoms nationwide declined by one from the previous day to 52.

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