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Tokyo reports new single-day high of 7,377 COVID-19 cases on Jan. 19

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on the street in Tokyo, on Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital reported a new daily record for coronavirus infections on Jan. 19, with 7,377 new cases, topping the previous high of 5,908 set on Aug. 13, 2021.

    Tokyo saw 5,185 infections on Jan. 18.

    Of the 7,377 new patients, 3,408 had received two COVID-19 vaccine shots, 35 one shot, and 1,836 were unvaccinated. The vaccination status of 2,098 was unknown.

    As of Jan. 19, there were 1,793 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 164 more than the previous day. Ten had severe symptoms, an increase of three. Some 25.9% of Tokyo's coronavirus-designated beds and 2% of beds for severe cases were occupied. Two COVID-19 deaths were reported on Jan. 19, bringing total coronavirus fatalities in Tokyo to 3,181.

    COVID-19 cases have been rising in the capital amid a sixth wave of infections. Tokyo recorded an average of 338.5 infections per day in the first week of January, then 1,950.4 per day in the second. In the entire month of December 2021, the capital saw 923 coronavirus infections, for a daily average of 29.8 cases. It registered 562 cases in November for an average of 18.7 cases per day.

    Tokyo has recorded 424,115 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures.


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