Japan's Daily COVID-19 Cases Rise Back above 100,000

Society Health

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Japan came to 105,188 on Tuesday, the first figure above 100,000 since Sept. 14, fueling concerns about an eighth wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.

The daily number increased by about 21,900 from a week before. Meanwhile, 126 new deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported across the country, and the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients rose by 22 from the previous day to 257.

The northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido logged 10,906 new cases, with its daily tally exceeding 10,000 for the first time ever.

The situation is "at a level where anyone can become infected at any time," Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki said at a press conference, urging people to take thorough infection prevention measures such as refraining from visiting crowded places.

In Tokyo, the daily number of new infections came to 11,196 on Tuesday, surpassing 10,000 for the first time since September. The seven-day average of new cases rose 29.5 pct to 7,863.4.

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