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Tokyo reports record-high coronavirus case count for second straight day on Jan. 20

People wearing face masks walk along a street lined with bars and restaurants in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital recorded another record high for daily COVID-19 infections on Jan. 20 with 8,638 new cases, topping the Jan. 19 total of 7,377.

    Of the 8,638 new patients, 4,024 had received two COVID-19 vaccine shots, 89 one shot, and 2,189 were unvaccinated. The vaccination status of 2,336 was unknown.

    As of Jan. 20, there were 2,003 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tokyo, 210 more than the previous day. Nine had severe symptoms, a decrease of one. Some 28.9% of Tokyo's coronavirus-designated beds and 1.8% of beds for severe cases were occupied. There were no COVID-19 deaths reported, and total coronavirus fatalities in Tokyo stood at 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 432,753 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures.


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