Japan recorded 495 new Covid-19 cases nationwide on Monday — the first time since July 20 that figure has dipped below 500, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Of those cases, 95 were from the Tokyo metropolitan area — the capital’s lowest daily number since July 8.

Japan recorded 15 virus-related deaths on Monday.

The new figures raise the country’s total to 63,833 cases and 1,209 related deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Health Ministry. 

Extended restrictions: Despite the slight decrease, the government announced on Monday that restrictions capping gatherings to 5,000 people will be extended through the end of September. They had previously been scheduled to expire on August 31.  

“It is unclear whether the number of new positives will continue to decline. The burden on the medical care provision system continues,” Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s minister in charge of the pandemic, said on Monday.

Source : CNN

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