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Tokyo reports 1,204 coronavirus infections on Jan. 18

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk in the Ginza shipping area of Tokyo on Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital registered 1,204 positive coronavirus tests on Jan. 18, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported 1,592 cases on Jan. 17. The single-day high stands at 2,447 cases, recorded on Jan. 7. 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. 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 over 25,000 infections from Jan. 1 to 17 -- 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 86,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 725 as of Jan. 17. As of the same day, there were 3,045 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 138 with severe symptoms.


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