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Tokyo reports 21 new coronavirus infections on Dec. 8

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 recorded 21 new COVID-19 cases in the capital on Dec. 8, after reporting 19 the previous day.

    Tokyo recorded 111 new coronavirus infections in the first week of December, or 15.9 per day on average. The Japanese capital saw a total of 562 coronavirus infections in November for an average of 18.7 cases per day, far below the 2,176 total cases in October (an average of 70.2 cases per day) and September's 31,929 total cases (an average of 1,064.3 per day).

    By Dec. 7, 3,168 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in Japan in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 382,307 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Dec. 7, there were 69 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, three with severe symptoms.


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