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Tokyo's daily coronavirus infections fall below 200 for first time in 3 months

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters. (Mainichi/Makoto Ogawa)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital registered another 178 new cases of the coronavirus on Feb. 22, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said. It was the first time since Nov. 24, when the capital recorded 188 new infections, for the daily number of cases in Tokyo to fall below 200.

    The new cases came after Tokyo registered 272 new infections on Feb. 21. In the first week of February, Japan's capital saw an average of 572 new cases per day. The figure dropped to 380 in the second week, and fell again to 341.6 in the third.

    New case counts in Tokyo typically dip on Mondays, due to low testing numbers over the weekend, especially on Sundays.

    The single-day high for Tokyo stands at 2,447 cases, registered on Jan. 7 amid a third wave of infections. In January, Tokyo saw a total of 39,664 new cases of the virus, the most for a single month since the start of the pandemic in spring 2020.

    Altogether, Tokyo has recorded 109,912 infections, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures. The overall death toll in the capital stood at 1,265 as of Feb. 21. A total of 2,035 patients were hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19 as of the same day, and of those, 82 had severe symptoms.


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