TOKYO: Japan’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases came to 54,576 on Saturday, topping 50,000 for the first time ever and hitting a record high for the fifth consecutive day.
The daily count of new cases in Tokyo was at 11,227, exceeding the 10,000-thresold for the first time ever and hitting a record high for the fourth straight day. The western Japan prefecture of Osaka also saw its daily new cases hit a record high, at 7,375.
Across Japan, the number of very ill COVID-19 patients grew by 20 from Friday to 424. Seventeen new deaths were recorded among coronavirus patients.
The daily tally of new cases in Tokyo grew by over 1,500 from 9,699 on Friday and increased around 2.5-fold from a week before. The total surged about 140-fold over around three weeks since the turn of the year.
According to the metropolitan government, Saturday’s new cases in the Japanese capital included 3,234 people in their 20s, 2,070 in their 30s, 1,524 in their 40s and 1,313 aged 10-19.
The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under Tokyo’s criteria rose by one from Friday to 12.
Three new deaths were recorded among COVID-19 patients in Tokyo.
Osaka’s daily count of new infection cases almost doubled compared with a week before and increased more than 100-fold from the start of the year.
New infection cases hit all-time highs in 30 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including 3,457 in Aichi, 2,833 in Fukuoka, 2,695 in Saitama, 2,296 in Chiba, 1,585 in Hiroshima, 1,533 in Kyoto and 1,162 in Shizuoka.