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Tokyo reports 619 coronavirus infections on June 23

People walk along a pedestrian crosswalk in Tokyo, on June 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 619 coronavirus infections in the capital on June 23, topping the 600-mark for the first time since May 28.

    The new cases came after the Japanese capital recorded 435 infections on June 22. Tokyo is under COVID-19 quasi-emergency measures to prevent the spread of infections.

    In the first week of June, Tokyo recorded an average of 422.9 new infections per day, before the figure declined to 380.4 in the second week, and rose slightly to 391.9 in the third. The figures were down from the daily average of 705.8 in May. Tokyo saw a monthly high of 39,664 new virus cases in January -- an average of 1,279.5 infections per day, and the highest single-month total since the pandemic began in spring 2020.

    By June 22, a total of 2,203 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo.

    To date, Tokyo has recorded 170,375 infections, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. As of June 22, there were 1,285 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 45 with severe symptoms.


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