TOKYO: Japan confirmed 42,538 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, its first daily count above 40,000 in 10 days and an increase of 15,583 from a week before.
The number of severely ill patients fell by six from Saturday to 159, while 26 new deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed.
In Tokyo, 4,711 new cases were confirmed, a rise of 1,550 from a week earlier. Six new deaths were reported.
The seven-day average of new cases in Tokyo dropped 24.9 pct from a week earlier to 3,182.9. There were eight severely ill patients, unchanged from Saturday.
Kagawa Prefecture reported a record high of 510 new cases.