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Tokyo hits new single-day high of 949 coronavirus infections on Dec. 26

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters (Mainichi/Naoaki Hasegawa)

TOKYO -- Coronavirus infections in Japan's capital surged to another record high on Dec. 26, with 949 new cases reported, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new daily tally broke Tokyo's previous record of 888 cases on Dec. 24, and came after 884 new cases on Dec. 25. Japan's capital is battling a third wave of coronavirus infections following earlier surges in April and August.

    Tokyo has already seen more infections in December than any other month, with over 14,000 recorded as of Dec. 26. It registered an average of 437.7 new cases per day in the first week of December, then 503.9 in the second week and 615.4 in the third. The previous monthly record was 9,857 cases, set in November, when new infections averaged 328.6 per day. During the second-wave of infections in August, there were 8,126 cases in the capital, or about 262 per day on average.

    Tokyo has reported over 55,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 597 as of Dec. 25. Also, as of the same day, there were 2,139 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, 81 with severe symptoms.


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