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Tokyo sees new COVID infection high for 4th day in row on Jan. 28, with 17,631 cases

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a shopping street on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital registered 17,631 new coronavirus cases on Jan. 28, the metropolitan government announced, setting a record high for the fourth day in a row.

    Tokyo saw 14,086 new infections on Jan. 26 and 16,538 on Jan. 27.

    Of the 17,631 new patients, 8,284 had received two coronavirus vaccine shots, 170 one shot, and 4,447 were unvaccinated. The vaccination status of 4,730 was unknown.

    As of Jan. 28, a total of 3,187 of Tokyo's 6,919 coronavirus-designated beds were filled, bringing the percentage of beds in use to 46.1%. The percentage of beds in use for severe patients stood at 3.9%, with 20 out of 510 available beds filled.

    There were three COVID-19 deaths reported, and total coronavirus fatalities in Tokyo stood at 3,196.

    COVID-19 cases have been rising rapidly in the capital amid a sixth wave of infections. Tokyo recorded an average of 338.6 infections per day in the first week of January, 1,950.4 per day in the second, and 6,193 in the third. In the entire month of December 2021, the capital saw 923 coronavirus infections, for a daily average of 29.8 cases. It registered 542 cases in November for an average of 18.1 cases per day.

    Tokyo has recorded 532,718 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures.

    (Mainichi)

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