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Tokyo's COVID-19 cases hit 100,000 after 393 infections recorded on Feb. 1

Central Tokyo is seen in this file photo taken in the capital's Minato Ward. (Mainichi/Kimitaka Takeichi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital recorded 393 coronavirus cases on Feb. 1, taking its overall infection numbers past 100,000 since the first case was reported in early 2020.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported 633 new cases on Jan. 31. The single-day high stands at 2,447 cases, recorded on Jan. 7. Reported case numbers tend to drop on Mondays following low testing figures over the weekend, especially on Sundays.

    Japan's capital has been battling a third wave of coronavirus infections following earlier surges in April and August last year. In January, Tokyo saw a total of 39,664 infections, more than double the number counted in December and the most the capital has seen in a single month following the start of the pandemic in spring 2020. Tokyo posted close to 20,000 infections in December, for an average of about 621 new cases per day.

    The 100,000-plus total infections reported in Tokyo is the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, with the overall death toll in the capital reaching 886 as of Jan. 31. As of the same day, there were 2,891 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 140 with severe symptoms.


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