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Tokyo's daily coronavirus cases top 1,000 for first time since Jan. 28

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk across a pedestrian crossing at the beginning of Japan's "Golden Week" holidays, April 29, 2021, at Shibuya district in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 1,027 coronavirus infections on April 29, marking the first time since Jan. 28 for the daily number of infections to exceed 1,000.

    The new cases came after Tokyo registered 925 infections on April 28.

    In the first week of April, Tokyo posted an average of 417 new coronavirus cases per day, up from an average of 300.3 for the month of March, when 9,310 infections were recorded in the capital. In April's second week, the figure climbed to an average of 497.1 new cases per day, then jumped to 665.3 cases per day in the third week, and 758.4 in the fourth.

    Tokyo saw a monthly high of 39,664 new cases of the virus in January -- 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 138,378 infections, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. The overall death toll in the capital stood at 1,880 as of April 28. A total of 1,931 patients were hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19 as of the same day, 53 with severe symptoms.

    (Mainichi)

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