Tokyo reports 1,433 new cases of coronavirus


Tokyo reported 1,433 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the cumulative total of coronavirus cases in Japan exceeded 300,000.

Of the daily total in Tokyo, 187 cases were in people aged 65 or older, while the number of critically ill patients, by city standards, stood at 141, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Among the new cases, people in their 20s made up the largest group with 394, followed by 275 for people in their 30s and 202 among people in their 40s.

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The cumulative number of infections in the capital stood at 78,566.

The cumulative total of confirmed coronavirus cases in Japan topped 300,000 on Wednesday, according to a Kyodo News tally based on official data.

The cumulative total has increased at an accelerating pace, breaking the 300,000 threshold just three weeks after surpassing 200,000 on December 21 of last year.

Saturday will mark one year since the confirmation of the first new case of coronavirus in Japan.

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Japan reported 4,541 new cases of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, while the number of critically ill patients increased by 17 from the previous day to a record 881.

The nationwide death toll from the novel coronavirus has increased by 64, including 10 in Osaka prefecture and nine each in Aichi and Hyogo prefectures.

Last week, the government declared a new COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. Kanagawa recorded 906 cases of infection on Tuesday, its second-highest daily tally.

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Tokushima and Saga prefectures also recorded record numbers on the same day, at 35 and 32.

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