• Staff report


Tokyo confirmed 2,979 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, a sharp drop from the 5,387 reported a week ago, as cases continue to fall in the capital and other major cities.

The seven-day average of new infections fell to 4,491.9 from 5,507.7 reported a week earlier, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said. Eleven patients have serious symptoms, according to the Tokyo government, down from 12 the day before.

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