The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Japan as of Monday rose 10 from the previous day to 472, hitting a record high for the eighth straight day, according to the health ministry.
The daily count of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country came to 1,446 on the day, standing below 2,000 for the first time in five days.
The country’s COVID-19 death toll climbed 25 to 2,164, with five new deaths reported in Hokkaido and four in Osaka.
In Tokyo, 311 people were newly confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus, which is responsible for the COVID-19 respiratory disease. The capital logged fewer than 400 new cases for the first time in six days.
Of the 311 newly infected people, 69 were in their 40s, the largest group by age, and 68 in their 20s. Those aged 65 or older, who have higher risks of developing severe symptoms, came to 57.
The number of severely ill patients in Tokyo rose three from the previous day to 70, the highest figure since the central government removed a state of emergency over the epidemic in May.
The figure for new cases in Tokyo was based on 5,117 tests. The latest tally came after the capital confirmed a record 570 cases Friday. Figures reported early in the week are typically lower than those for other days.
Amid the recent surge in infections nationwide, the cities of Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka and Nagoya have asked bars and restaurants to shorten their business hours for about three weeks, with subsidies provided for those who comply. But some establishments are refusing to follow the requests as they have already been hit hard amid the pandemic.
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