Tokyo Reports 165 New Coronavirus Cases

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Tokyo, July 15 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo confirmed 165 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Wednesday, with its cumulative total rising to 8,354, the metropolitan government said.

The daily count in the Japanese capital topped 100 for the seventh straight day. The metropolitan government also reported one new death, the first fatality linked to the virus in Tokyo since June 24. The capital's total death toll now stands at 326.

In Osaka Prefecture, 61 new cases were confirmed, the highest after the Japanese government's coronavirus state of emergency was fully lifted for the western prefecture in late May.

In the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, 13 people tested positive, including 12 in its capital of Sapporo. Of those in the city, 11 are related to a cabaret in the Susukino nightlife district, leading the Sapporo municipal government to conclude that cluster infections have happened.

Three people each in Tokyo, neighboring Saitama Prefecture and the central prefecture of Aichi were confirmed to be infected with the virus after watching plays at Theater Moliere in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. Infections linked to the theater, a coronavirus hot spot, were confirmed also in Gunma, Ibaraki and Kanagawa prefectures in eastern Japan, and the central prefecture of Nagano.

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