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Tokyo reports 17,433 coronavirus infections on Jan. 29

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo, on Jan. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital recorded 17,433 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 29, the metropolitan government announced, after reporting a record 17,631 infections the day before.

    Of the 17,433 new patients, 8,146 had received two coronavirus vaccine shots, 133 one shot, and 4,409 were unvaccinated. The vaccination status of 4,745 was unknown.

    As of Jan. 29, 3,322 of Tokyo's 6,919 coronavirus-designated beds were filled, bringing the rate of beds in use to 48%, while 4.3% of beds for severe patients were in use, with 22 out of 510 available beds filled.

    There were three COVID-19 deaths reported, and total coronavirus fatalities in Tokyo stood at 3,199.

    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, 6,193 in the third and 12,895.1 in the fourth week. 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 550,155 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures.


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