Tokyo reports 475 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

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Tokyo confirmed 475 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, exceeding 400 for the second straight day as the capital braces for a fourth wave of infections following a spike in Osaka and other parts of the country.

The government on Thursday decided to designate parts of Osaka, Miyagi and Hyogo prefectures as areas where stricter measures against the coronavirus will be taken, as they have been hit by a resurgence in new infections.

In Tokyo, the seven-day average of cases came to 372.3, compared to the average of 319.9 the previous week.

Among Thursday’s new cases in Tokyo, 114 people were in their 20s, 93 were in their 30s and 64 were in their 50s, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement. Those age 65 or older totaled 87 cases.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria came to 44.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 121,461.

Osaka has seen cases spike in recent days. Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said daily infection numbers are likely to eventually rise “well above” Osaka’s previous peak of 654 cases recorded on Jan. 8.

As the city of Osaka will be designated as an area with stricter virus measures, Yoshimura said Thursday that the Olympic torch relay slated to pass through city later this month should be canceled.

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