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Record 1,175 COVID cases among under-20s reported in Tokyo on Jan. 18

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, center, is seen in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in this April 2020 file photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

TOKYO -- A record high 1,175 of the 5,185 coronavirus infections in Japan's capital reported on Jan. 18 were people under age 20, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced the same day.

    The 1,175 cases consisted of 406 children aged 9 or younger, and 769 aged between 10 and 19. Of all 5,185 new cases, infection routes could be confirmed in 1,761. Of those, 313 infections occurred at schools, day care centers and other educational institutions, leading the metro government to believe that the virus is spreading among children.

    Forty-two of these 313 cases were confirmed at universities, 51 at high schools, 47 at junior high schools, 40 at elementary schools, and 119 at day care centers and kindergartens. The figures include infections of adult staff.

    The Jan. 18 figures do not include cluster infection cases. A Tokyo government official said, "It's conceivable that infections are spreading in group activity settings, like extracurriculars."

    (Japanese original by Asako Takeuchi, Tokyo City News Department)

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