Japans daily cases fall below 500 for the first time in months

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Tokyo, Japan — The new daily cases of Japan falls below 500 for the first time in over a month.

The country has recorded 495 new cases nationwide on Monday. This is the first time the figure has dipped below 500 since July 20, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Among the confirmed 495 cases, 95 were from the Tokyo metropolitan area. This is the capital’s lowest daily number recorded since July 8.

Japan had reported 15 virus-related deaths along with the 495 cases on Monday.

The new figures raise the country’s total to 63,833 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,209 related deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Health Ministry.

Despite the sligjt decrease in the number of cases, the government announced on Monday that the restrictions capping gatherings to 5,000 people will still be extended through the end of September. The restrictions were supposed to be expired 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.