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Tokyo registers 1,219 new coronavirus infections on Jan. 11

Skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward are seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in April 2020. The building seen in the center is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital recorded 1,219 new coronavirus cases on Jan. 11, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported a single-day high of 2,447 cases on Jan. 7, and 1,494 on Dec. 10 -- a record high for a Sunday. Reported case numbers typically dip on Mondays following low testing figures over the weekend, especially on Sundays.

    Japan's capital is battling a third wave of coronavirus infections following the first and second waves in April and August last year. Tokyo recorded nearly 15,000 new cases from Jan. 1 to 10, an average of 1,476.7 per day. It saw nearly 20,000 infections in December, the highest monthly count since the pandemic started in spring 2020. That month, infections averaged about 621 new cases per day.

    Tokyo has reported over 76,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 685 as of Jan. 10. As of the same day, there were 3,239 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 128 with severe symptoms.


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