Tokyo sees serious COVID-19 cases surge

20-Jan-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Tokyo confirmed 1,240 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as the number of severely ill patients counted under Tokyo’s criteria surged by 12 to 155, the metropolitan government said, amid fears of hospitals being overwhelmed by the virus.

Tuesday’s total number of cases was just short of last week’s daily record for a Tuesday 1,278 and came as the capital continued its second weekend under the fresh coronavirus state of emergency.

Among the total number of new cases, people in their 20s made up the largest group at 282, followed by 211 for people in their 30s and 192 among people in their 40s. The number of cases among people 65 and older was 217. The cumulative total in the capital is now 87,914.

Tokyo’s daily figure comes after 6,994 tests were conducted Saturday. It usually takes around three days for tests to produce results.

The rising numbers of new coronavirus cases and those with unclear infection routes in Tokyo may be indicating a possible explosive spread of infections in the capital, experts have said. Japan is still in the throes of a third wave, with the daily number of new coronavirus cases hitting a record 7,883 on January 8.

On Monday, Japan reported 4,925 cases, while patients with severe symptoms nationwide grew by one from the previous day to a record high of 973. The cumulative death toll from the virus rose by 58 to 4,596. Yamaguchi Prefecture on Monday saw a daily record of 88 new cases. Of them, 68 involved a hospital in Ube, where two cases had been reported.


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