TOKYO -- Japan's capital recorded 1,278 coronavirus cases on Jan. 5, sources close to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, marking the second highest figure since Dec. 31 when the capital registered 1,337 new cases.
The new infections came after Tokyo recorded 884 cases on Jan. 4. The capital is battling a third wave of coronavirus infections after earlier surges in April and August last year.
Tokyo saw nearly 20,000 infections in December, the highest since the outbreak started earlier in 2020. 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 60,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 634 as of Jan. 4. Also, as of the same day, there were 2,995 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, 108 with severe symptoms.