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Tokyo reports 2,962 more COVID-19 cases on Aug. 16

People wearing face masks cross a street in Tokyo on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital reported 2,962 coronavirus infections on Aug. 16, exceeding 2,000 new infections for the 21st day in a row.

    Tokyo registered 4,295 new infections on Aug. 15, and remains under a fourth state of emergency as it battles a fifth wave of coronavirus cases. Reported case numbers typically drop on Mondays due to low testing figures over the weekend, especially on Sundays.

    In the first week of August, Tokyo recorded an average of 3,893 new cases per day, rising to 4,231.1 in the second week, up from the daily average of 1,420.5 for the month of July, when it registered a total of 44,034 new infections.

    By Aug. 15, a total of 2,335 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 282,094 infections to date, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Aug. 15, there were 3,749 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 251 with severe symptoms.

    (Mainichi)

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