Japan crosses 50,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day for first time
The Straits Times|January 23, 2022
It is fifth straight day that records were broken; Tokyo has over 10,000 cases in a day for first time
Walter Sim

Tokyo reported more than 10,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day for the first time yesterday, just three weeks after the Japanese capital was reporting double-digit tallies.

There were 11,227 new infections in Tokyo, which broke its daily tally for the fourth day in a row. Officials said 90 per cent of its cases are now of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

One-day tallies fell in as many as 30 out of Japan’s 47 prefectures yesterday, as the country recorded 54,576 cases nationwide. There were 17 deaths.

This was the fifth straight day when records were shattered, with Japan crossing 50,000 cases in a single day for the first time.

The figure is more than twice the Delta wave high of 25,996 infections in August last year. Japan crossed 30,000 cases for the first time last Tuesday, and then 40,000 cases a day later.

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