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Tokyo marks 944 new coronavirus infections on Dec. 30, 2nd highest in single day

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters (Mainichi/Makoto Ogawa)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital recorded 944 coronavirus cases on Dec. 30, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo registered 856 cases on Dec. 29 -- the highest for a Tuesday. The daily high for Tokyo stands at 949 cases, recorded on Dec. 26. 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 17,000 recorded as of Dec. 30. 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 fourth week daily average 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 58,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 618 as of Dec. 29. Also, as of the same day, there were 2,274 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, 84 with severe symptoms.


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