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Tokyo records 36 coronavirus cases on Oct. 21, 5th day in row below 50

The full moon rises above the Tokyo skyline Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital recorded 36 coronavirus infections on Oct. 21, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced, the fifth day in a row under 50 cases.

    The capital saw 41 new cases on Oct. 20.

    In the first week of October, Tokyo averaged 154.3 new infections per day. The figure dropped to 77.1 in the second week. 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.

    By Oct. 20, 3,113 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in Japan in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 377,341 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Oct. 20, there were 280 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 27 with severe symptoms.


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