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10,221 new COVID cases recorded in Tokyo on March 16

The center of Tokyo is seen in this file photo taken from the capital's Minato Ward. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital reported 10,221 new COVID-19 cases on March 16, after recording 7,836 positive cases the day before, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced.

    Of the 10,221 newly infected people, 4,553 had received two COVID vaccine shots, 96 one shot, and 3,112 were unvaccinated. The vaccination status of 2,460 was unknown.

    As of March 16, a total of 2,709 of Tokyo's 7,229 coronavirus-designated beds were filled, bringing the proportion of beds in use to 37.5%, while 23.3% of beds for severe patients were in use, with 187 out of 804 available beds filled.

    There were 21 COVID-19 deaths reported on March 16, and total coronavirus fatalities in Tokyo stood at 3,999.

    The capital is battling a sixth wave of coronavirus infections. In the first week of March, average daily infections were at 10,391.9, dipping to 8,631.9 in the second week. In February, Tokyo saw a total of 416,405 new infections, averaging 14,871.6 cases per day. It registered a total of 194,563 infections in January for an average of 6,276.2 cases per day. In the entire month of December 2021, the capital saw 905 coronavirus infections, for a daily average of 29.2 cases.

    Tokyo has recorded 1,145,251 infections to date, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures.


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