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Tokyo registers 772 more coronavirus infections on May 15

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus cross a street in Tokyo on May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 772 coronavirus infections in Japan's capital on May 15.

    The new cases came after Tokyo recorded 854 infections on May 14. The capital remains under an extended state of emergency over the spread of the virus.

    Tokyo recorded an average of 766.4 new coronavirus cases per day in the first week of May, and 926.3 in the second, 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 151,697 infections, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. The overall death toll in the capital stood at 1,940 as of May 14. A total of 2,410 patients were hospitalized in Tokyo with COVID-19 as of the same day, 84 with severe symptoms.


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