TOKYO: The daily count of new coronavirus cases in Japan stood at 81,808 on Friday, exceeding 80,000 for the first time and hitting a record high for the fourth straight day.
The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients rose 160 from Thursday to 697. Forty-four fatalities were reported Friday.
In Tokyo, the infection case number stood at 17,631, up from Thursday’s 16,538, rewriting its record high for the fourth straight day, according to the metropolitan government.
The occupancy rate of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients in the Japanese capital stood at 46.1 pct, up 1.7 percentage points from Thursday. The rate was at 3.9 pct for beds for severely ill patients.
The number of coronavirus patients in serious condition under Tokyo’s criteria rose by two to 20, while three new deaths were newly confirmed.
In the western prefecture of Osaka, new COVID-19 cases came to 10,013, topping 10,000 for the first time.
Including Tokyo and Osaka, 23 of the country’s 47 prefectures logged record infections. Friday’s tally stood at 6,469 in Kanagawa, 5,267 in Aichi, 4,342 in Hyogo, 4,193 in Saitama, 1,599 in Hiroshima and 1,004 in Nara.