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Tokyo logs 556 more coronavirus cases on Feb. 2

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building is pictured in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital recorded 556 more coronavirus cases on Feb. 2, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported.

    The new infections came after Tokyo reported 393 new cases on Feb. 1. 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 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 894 as of Feb. 1. As of the same day, there were 2,899 patients hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19, including 133 with severe symptoms.


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