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Japan recorded 3,853 new cases of COVID-19, with more than 1,000 cases in Tokyo

Japan reported 3,853 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.

The daily figure exceeded 3,000 people for the first time in two days but was significantly lower than the more than 5,300 reported a week earlier. The country confirmed 104 new deaths linked to the virus, including 14 in Osaka Prefecture and 13 each in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms across the country as of midnight Monday decreased by 21 from the previous day, to 996, and decreased to below 1,000 for the first time in more than a week, according to the Ministry of Health.

Tokyo has reported 1,026 new cases of COVID-19, which are back above the 1,000 daily mark after hitting the lowest daily number since December 28.

This number comes more than two weeks after the Coronavirus emergency.

The metropolitan government said in a statement that the number of seriously ill patients in Tokyo remained steady at 148.

People in their 20s accounted for the largest group of new cases in the capital by age, at 189 years old, followed by 164 in their 30s and 145 in their forties. There were 270 new cases in people 65 years of age or older. The cumulative total in the capital is now 95,534.

The daily figure in Tokyo comes after 5,881 tests were carried out on Saturday. The tests usually take about three days for results to appear.

Tokyo has revised its contact-tracing strategy to prioritize communication with individuals at greater risk and affected by the coronavirus, according to a letter the metropolitan government sent to public health authorities last week.

The change comes as a third wave of the pandemic overwhelms the nation’s public health centers, which handle everything from testing and tracing the missing to finding hospital beds.

Despite its early success, experts have warned that the country’s strategy to track clusters of cases rather than conducting mass testing could face limitations as virus cases emerge nationwide.

Aichi Prefecture recorded 215 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, beating 200 for the first time in three days, while Osaka confirmed 343 cases, down from 400 for the second day in a row.

Two different cases of Corona virus were also recently confirmed among women in their 30s, which brings the cumulative number of these infections in Japan to 53, according to the ministry.

One of the women arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka on January 17 after staying in Vietnam, while the other, who was in South Africa, traveled to Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on January 19. Cough and dehydration.

On Monday, the daily number of confirmed cases nationwide reached 2,764 on Monday, down from 3,000 for the first time in 28 days.

Asked on Monday whether the low numbers indicated a broader trend, a government spokesman said a closer look was needed.

“Recently, the total number of infections in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures has gradually decreased, but there is one problem which is that we have to display the number by the day of the week,” said Katsunobu Kato, Chief Cabinet Secretary, adding that this is the case. It is necessary to continue analyzing the situation to determine if there is a downtrend.

The Ministry of Health also said, on Monday, that the Corona virus circulating in Britain was discovered from a man in Tokyo in his forties. The man was suspected of being the source of the infection for a Tokyo girl less than 10 years old who tested positive for the variant on Friday. The man has never traveled abroad and is therefore suspected of being a community acquired infection.

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