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Tokyo registers 856 new coronavirus infections on Dec. 29

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. (Mainichi/Masaaki Shimano)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital recorded 856 coronavirus cases on Dec. 29, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo recorded a daily high of 949 cases on Dec. 26, followed by 708 new cases on Dec. 27 and 481 new cases on Dec. 28. The capital is battling a third wave of coronavirus infections after earlier surges in April and August.

    Tokyo has already seen more infections in December than any other month, with over 16,000 recorded as of Dec. 28. 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 daily average for the fourth week climbed again to 745.9.

    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 57,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 613 as of Dec. 28. Also, as of the same day, there were 2,303 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, 81 with severe symptoms.


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