Tokyo reported 522 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the metropolitan government said, after the number of cases surpassed 500 for the first time the day before at 534.
Of Friday’s total, people in their 20s made up the largest group of new infections, with 122, followed by those in their 50s, at 92, and those in their 30s, at 89. People aged 60 and over more came to 107.
The figure for Friday was based on 6,880 tests. The cumulative number of cases in the capital stood at 36,778. The number of critically ill patients stood at 37.
The number of new cases of newly confirmed coronavirus infection in Japan rose to 2,388 on Thursday, hitting a record for the second day in a row.
The cases were found in 42 of the country’s 47 prefectures and in airport quarantine stations.
New infection cases on Thursday also hit a record high in Hokkaido, at 267, Chiba Prefecture, 106, Aichi Prefecture, 219, and Osaka, Hyogo, Yamaguchi prefectures. and Wakayama, at 338, 132, 18 and 15, respectively.
Twenty-one new coronavirus deaths were reported in the country on the same day, including seven in Hokkaido, three in Osaka, two in Saitama prefecture and one in each of the prefectures, including Shizuoka and Okinawa. The cumulative national death toll from the virus stood at 1,968 on Thursday.