Japan reported 253,265 additional coronavirus cases Saturday, marking the third straight day of over 250,000 with no end in sight for the ongoing seventh wave of infections.
Tokyo reported 25,277 new cases, up 1,504 from the same day a week earlier, while in Osaka Prefecture, 23,098 new cases were reported. Record numbers of cases were confirmed in Miyagi, Yamagata, Tottori, Okayama and Tokushima prefectures, with 254 additional deaths nationally.
Japan had reported two straight days of record infections with 261,029 new cases on Friday, apparently reflecting increased movements of people during the Bon summer holidays in mid-August.
On Saturday, the nation's capital reported 23 deaths from COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average of new infections stood at 25,601.1 per day, 2.1 percent lower than the previous week.
People in their 20s accounted for 4,886 cases, while there were 2,573 new infections among those aged 65 or older.
Osaka reported 28 new deaths.