Tokyo Logs 2,962 New Coronavirus Cases, Record for Monday

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Tokyo, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 2,962 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Monday, the highest total for the day of the week.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients in the Japanese capital, measured by the metropolitan government's criteria, rose by 17 from the previous day to 268, marking a record high for the seventh straight day.

Medical services in Tokyo are in peril amid the rising number of seriously ill patients.

Tokyo's new cases included 927 in their 20s, 572 in their 30s and 459 in their 40s. There were 130 new cases among those aged 65 or older, the age group that has been receiving coronavirus vaccine shots on a priority basis, making up about 4 pct of the total cases.

The seven-day average of daily new infection cases in Tokyo rose 3.4 pct from a week before to 4,275.

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