• Jiji, Kyodo, staff report

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, falling by 511 from a week earlier and making the 28th straight day of week-on-week declines.

Three new fatalities were reported among COVID-19 patients in Tokyo, while the number of severely ill patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria rose by two from the previous day to four.

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