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Tokyo COVID-19 case count continues to spike, tops 5,000 for first time

People wearing face masks walk under a cooling water mist during the heat of the day in Tokyo on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital reported yet another new daily coronavirus case high on Aug. 5, with 5,042 new infections, topping the previous record of 4,166 cases set just the day before.

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

    Tokyo is battling a fifth wave of coronavirus cases. It recorded a total of 44,034 infections in the month of July, or an average of 1,420.5 cases per day, jumping more than threefold from June's daily average of 432.6.

    By Aug. 4, a total of 2,301 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 236,138 infections to date, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Aug. 4, there were 3,399 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 115 with severe symptoms.


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