• STAFF REPORT, JIJI

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Tokyo reported 31,541 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, up from 28,112 a week ago, with the 12th straight day of week-on-week rise while reporting eight deaths linked with the infection.

The seven-day average of new cases rose 31.1% from a week earlier to 32,177.6. There were 23 severely ill patients, down by one from Saturday. The hospital bed occupancy rate stood at 53.7%.

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