Ruling parties discuss subsidies

Officials of Japan's ruling parties are creating measures to help people who suffered from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, have agreed to provide about 900 dollars for each child aged 18 or younger to support families raising children.

The parties are also discussing whether to set a limit based on income in order to exclude wealthy families.

Authorities across Japan reported 204 new infections on Tuesday. Thirty of them were in Tokyo. Daily cases in the capital have been under 50 for the past 24 days.

The health ministry says 99 COVID patients are in serious condition. The number is below 100 for the first time since August of last year.