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17 COVID-19 cases recorded in Tokyo on Dec. 9

High-rise buildings are seen in the heart of Tokyo, with the Imperial Palace in the foreground, in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in the capital's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi/Kentaro Ikushima)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 17 new coronavirus cases in the capital on Dec. 9, after reporting 21 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. 8, 3,169 people had died of COVID-19 in Tokyo since the pandemic began in Japan in the spring of 2020.

    Tokyo has recorded 382,324 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures. As of Dec. 8, there were 70 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, three with severe symptoms.


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