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Tokyo reports 249 coronavirus infections on April 5

People wearing face masks walk across the famed scramble intersection in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, on April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital recorded another 249 coronavirus infections on April 5, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced.

    The new cases came after the capital recorded 355 infections on April 4. Reported case numbers typically dip on Mondays following low testing figures over the weekend, especially on Sundays.

    In March, Tokyo saw 9,310 total infections. It registered an average of 254.1 new cases per day in the first week. The daily average increased slightly in the second week to 279.1, then to 301.1 in the third week and again to 351 in the fourth.

    Tokyo's single-day high stands at 2,447 cases, recorded on Jan. 7. In January, Tokyo saw 39,664 new cases of the virus -- an average of 1,279.5 infections per day, and the highest single-month total since the pandemic began in spring 2020.

    In total, Tokyo has recorded 123,057 infections, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. The overall death toll in the capital stood at 1,776 as of April 4. A total of 1,521 patients were hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19 as of the same day, 47 with severe symptoms.

    (Mainichi)

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