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Tokyo registers 2,392 new coronavirus infections on Jan. 8

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

TOKYO -- Japan's capital recorded 2,392 coronavirus cases on Jan. 8, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo recorded a single-day high of 2,447 cases on Jan. 7. 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 pandemic started earlier in 2020, with a daily average of around 621 new cases.

    Before December, the 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 70,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 667 as of Jan. 7. Also, as of the same day, there were 3,154 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 121 with severe symptoms.


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