TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced 87 coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital on Oct. 4, marking the first time this year for it to record under 100 new infections in a day.
Tokyo reported a total of 161 new positive cases on Oct. 3. The last time the capital recorded a daily tally of under 100 infections was on Nov. 2, 2020, when 87 cases were registered.
The capital recorded 31,842 total coronavirus cases in September, for an average of 1,061.4 cases per day, down sharply from the 125,606 total infections -- an average of 4,051.8 cases per day -- tallied in August. Average daily case numbers also declined steeply over the course of September, from 1,243.7 in the first week to 340.9 in the fourth.
By Oct. 3, 2,954 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.
Tokyo has recorded 376,060 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Oct. 3, there were 901 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 88 with severe symptoms.