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Japan's capital hit with another 1,809 coronavirus infections on Jan. 16

In this Jan. 14, 2021 file photo, people wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus wait for a traffic light near banners reading "Stay Home" hoisted along a shopping street in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital registered another 1,809 positive coronavirus tests on Jan. 16, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported 2,001 cases on Jan. 15. The single-day high stands at 2,447 cases, recorded on Jan. 7.

    Japan's capital is battling a third wave of coronavirus infections following the first and second waves in April and August last year. In the first week of January it averaged 1230.4 cases per day, jumping to a daily average of 1611.1 cases in the second week. Tokyo recorded nearly 22,000 infections from Jan. 1 to 15 -- already the highest monthly count since the pandemic started in spring 2020. The capital saw close to 20,000 infections in December, for an average of about 621 new cases per day.

    Tokyo has reported over 83,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 717 as of Jan. 15. As of the same day, there were 3,020 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 133 with severe symptoms.


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