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Tokyo confirmed 8,540 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down by about 200 from a week before. The daily tally has stayed around the same as week before levels in the past several days.

The seven-day average of new cases came to 7,502.4, compared with 7,433.3 a week before, while seven deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported on Thursday.

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