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Tokyo records 1,471 COVID-19 infections on Jan. 21

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks near the Olympic rings floating in the water in the Odaiba section in Tokyo, on Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital registered 1,471 coronavirus cases on Jan. 21, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported 1,274 cases on Jan. 20. The single-day high stands at 2,447 cases, recorded on Jan. 7.

    Japan's capital is facing 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 29,000 infections from Jan. 1 to 20 -- already the highest monthly tally since the pandemic started in spring 2020. The capital reported close to 20,000 infections in December, for an average of about 621 new cases per day.

    Tokyo has recorded over 90,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 754 as of Jan. 20. As of the same day, there were 2,893 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 160 with severe symptoms.


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