TOKYO -- Coronavirus infections in Japan's capital soared to a new record high on Jan. 6, with 1,591 new cases reported, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.
The daily tally broke Tokyo's previous record of 1,337 cases on Dec. 31. Japan's 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 pandemic started earlier in 2020, with a daily average of 621 new cases.
The previous monthly record was 9,857 cases, set in November 2020, 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 66,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 648 as of Jan. 5. Also, as of the same day, there were 3,025 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, 111 with severe symptoms.