TOKYO: Japan confirmed 178,353 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, down by some 28,000 from a week before.
New fatalities totaled 153. The number of severely ill coronavirus patients fell by 12 from Saturday to 613.
Tokyo had 22,740 new positive cases, marking a drop of 3,573 from a week before and the ninth straight week-on-week decline.
There were 13 new fatal cases, while the number of severely ill patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by one from Saturday to 42.
The seven-day average of new positive cases fell 19.2 pct to 25,629 in the Japanese capital.