Tokyo confirms 196 new COVID cases

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 196 new cases of coronavirus infection in the capital on Saturday. The figure is down 186 from a week ago.

The metropolitan government says it's the first time this year that the daily tally was below the 200-mark on Saturday.

The seven-day average up to Saturday was 226. That's the lowest this year.

Tokyo officials say 88 patients are in serious condition, down five from Friday. The officials also say 13 people died.