• Staff report, Jiji, Reuters

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Japan logged 81,621 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 219 deaths as the daily number of fatalities remained near a record high.

Tokyo confirmed 13,516 infections, a rise from the 11,765 reported Feb. 12, the metropolitan government said, though a national holiday on Feb. 11 may have been a factor in the low numbers reported a week ago.

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