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Tokyo reports new record of 3,177 COVID-19 cases on July 28, tops 3,000 mark for first time

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk at a train station in Tokyo, on July 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported a record 3,177 coronavirus infections in the capital on July 28, exceeding the previous highest figure of 2,848 observed a day earlier and topping the 3,000 mark for the first time.

    Tokyo remains under a fourth COVID-19 state of emergency as it hosts the Olympic Games.

    The capital saw an average of 631.7 coronavirus cases per day in the first week of July. The daily average for the second week rose to 823.3, before jumping to 1,277.6 in the third week. In June, Tokyo recorded a total of 12,979 new coronavirus cases, or a daily average of 432.6, down from the daily average of 705.8 in May.

    By July 27, a total of 2,277 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 206,745 infections to date, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. As of July 27, there were 2,864 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 82 with severe symptoms.


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