Coronavirus cases in Tokyo top 30,000 for first time

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July 22, 2022

Tokyo — has logged more than 30,000 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Thursday, the first time that level has been exceeded.

The daily number in the capital hit an all-time high of 31,878, beating the previous record of 21,562 set on February 2.

In response to the surge in cases of infection, the Tokyo city government on Thursday raised the alert level for the medical system to the most severe on its four-point scale. As the medical system comes under increasing strain, the metropolitan government is accelerating efforts to secure hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. On July 12, she asked medical institutions in Tokyo to increase the number of beds for such patients from 5,000 to 7,000.

As early as July 14, a separate alert level for Tokyo’s overall coronavirus infection situation had been raised to the highest level. On Thursday, both alert levels set by the metropolitan government hit their highest levels for the first time since March 17.

Osaka Prefecture saw 22,047 new cases, a record high for the second straight day. The number rose by more than 12,000 from the same day the previous week.

The number of infections also reached record highs on Thursday in other prefectures such as Chiba, Hyogo and Okinawa.

According to a tally by The Yomiuri Shimbun, the nationwide number of new infections surpassed 158,000, setting a new record high for the second day in a row.

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