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Tokyo registers 618 more positive coronavirus tests on Jan. 25

Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital recorded 618 more coronavirus cases on Jan. 25, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported 986 cases on Jan. 24, marking the first time for the figure for the capital to dip below 1,000 since Jan. 12. The single-day high stands at 2,447 cases, recorded on Jan. 7.

    Japan's capital has been battling a third wave of coronavirus infections following earlier surges in April and August last year. In the first week of January it averaged 1230.4 cases per day. The figure jumped to a daily average of 1611.1 cases in the second week, before declining slightly to 1513.0 in the third week.

    Between Jan. 1 and 24, Tokyo recorded over 33,000 positive coronavirus tests -- the most the capital has seen in a single month following the start of the pandemic 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 94,000 infections altogether, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 782 as of Jan. 24. As of the same day, there were 2,798 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 156 with severe symptoms.

    (Mainichi)

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