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Tokyo's daily coronavirus tally creeps above 1,000 again

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, on May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 1,010 coronavirus infections on May 13, pushing the daily total above 1,000 once more.

    The new cases came after Tokyo recorded 969 infections on May 12. The last time it registered more than 1,000 cases in a single day was on May 9. The capital remains under an extended state of emergency over the spread of the virus.

    In the first week of May, Tokyo recorded an average of 766.4 new coronavirus cases per day, up from an average of 603 for the month of April, when 18,090 infections were recorded in the capital. 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 150,071 infections, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. The overall death toll in the capital stood at 1,931 as of May 12. A total of 2,399 patients were hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19 as of the same day, 86 with severe symptoms.


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