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Tokyo reports 165 new coronavirus cases, below 200 for 3rd day

People wearing face masks walk in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district on July 15, 2020. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo on Wednesday confirmed 165 new cases of coronavirus infection, remaining below 200 for the third straight day.

The number of infections in the capital has been on the rise since the state of emergency was lifted on May 25 and Tokyo reported four consecutive days of more than 200 new infections through Sunday. The latest figure marked the seventh straight day of three-digit cases.

The daily figures announced by the metropolitan government reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions in the capital.

Tokyo has decided to raise the warning level to the highest in its four-level criterion gauging the seriousness of the pandemic after the overall tally in the capital reached 8,354, accounting for about third of the nationwide total of about 22,500.

The capital has seen group infections at nightlife establishments such as host clubs and there have also been reports of cluster infections at places such as theaters, nurseries and welfare facilities, with concerns growing that infection could spread from Tokyo to other regions.

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