• Jiji, Kyodo, staff report

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 8,777 new COVID-19 cases in the capital on Friday, with the daily tally surging by 5,231 from a week before and rising for the 21st straight day.

One new death was confirmed among COVID-19 patients in Tokyo, while the number of severely ill patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria stood at seven, up by one from the previous day.

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