Japan's Daily Coronavirus Tally Tops 5,000

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Tokyo, April 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan confirmed 5,291 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Wednesday, the first daily count above 5,000 since Jan. 22.

New COVID-19 fatalities totaled 49 across the country. The number of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms rose by 22 from Tuesday to 791.

Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, logged a record daily high of 1,242 new cases. Neighboring Hyogo Prefecture reported 563 new cases, its new record high.

New cases also hit record highs in Nara Prefecture, which neighbors Osaka, at 112, Mie Prefecture, adjacent to Nara, at 57, and Niigata and Fukui prefectures in central Japan, at 48 and 26, respectively.

Tokyo confirmed 843 new cases, the first tally above 800 since Jan. 29. The Japanese capital saw its seven-day average of new cases rise 33.8 pct from a week before to 665.3.

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