| 26 September 2022, Monday |

Tokyo hits record 10,000 COVID cases, Japan over 50,000 for first time

On Saturday, Tokyo set a new record for daily COVID-19 infections, surpassing 10,000 for the fourth time, while Japan’s total surpassed 50,000 for the first time as the Omicron strain spreads swiftly.

The capital reported 11,227 new coronavirus infections, according to the municipal administration, a day after it reintroduced restrictions on transportation and commercial activities until Feb. 13.

Tokyo’s case count, which surpassed Friday’s total of 9,699, was more than twice the 4,561 recorded a week earlier.

According to the Tokyo authorities, three individuals died from COVID-19 on Saturday, and 12 were in critical condition.

Some 34.3% of hospital beds in the capital were being used by coronavirus patients. A rise in the occupancy rate to 50% would warrant a state of emergency with more severe restrictions, local officials have said.

Osaka prefecture announced 7,375 infections, a second consecutive record, and two deaths.

Infections nationwide totaled at least 50,200 as nearly 30 of Japan’s 47 prefectures set records, broadcaster FNN reported.

As of Friday, 78.7% of Japan’s population had been fully vaccinated, but only 1.5% had received a booster shot, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The health ministry on Friday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged five to 11 in an effort to ramp up the vaccination rate.

  • Reuters