• staff report, Kyodo

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Tokyo confirmed 12,211 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, as the government was considering extending the quasi-state of emergency in the capital and 12 other prefectures by about two weeks from the original end date of Feb. 13.

The daily figure is the highest for a Monday, when cases tend to drop after a weekend. The seven-day average of new cases came to 18,193.9, compared to 15,163.9 a week before.

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