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Tokyo records 537 more COVID-19 cases on Sept. 22

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, center, and other high-rise buildings in Shinjuku Ward are seen in this aerial photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in April 2020. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced 537 new coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital on Sept. 22, the seventh day in a row under 1,000 cases.

    Tokyo reported 253 new positive cases on Sept. 21. The capital remains under a fourth state of emergency as it battles a fifth wave of coronavirus cases.

    Tokyo saw an average of 2,231 new cases per day in the first week of September. The figure dropped to 1,243.7 cases in the second week, and 663.9 in the third. The capital recorded a total of 125,606 coronavirus infections in August, or an average of 4,051.8 cases per day, up from the average of 1,420.5 cases in July, when it recorded 44,034 total infections.

    By Sept. 21, a total of 2,804 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 373,082 infections to date, the most of any of Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Sept. 21, there were 2,196 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 152 with severe symptoms.

    (Mainichi)

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