In a sign that cases are rising outside Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture reported a record-high 51 new coronavirus cases Tuesday while Kyoto Prefecture also confirmed most-ever cases, with 27.
Osaka Prefecture reported 72 cases a day after confirming 89 cases in its second-highest daily total ever.
Meanwhile, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 237 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, surpassing 200 for the first time in three days.
That marks a rise from 168 cases on Monday but was below a record 293 cases reported last Friday. Total infections in the capital rose to 9,816 cases.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Tuesday urged Tokyo residents to refrain from nonessential travel outside the capital during the four-day holiday from Thursday.
Infections are “spreading across various age groups,” Koike told reporters Monday, warning elderly residents to stay alert.
A total of 417 infection cases were recorded nationwide Monday. The national daily count topped 400 for the sixth straight day.
On Monday, the death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic topped 1,000 in the country, about five months after the country’s first fatality was reported Feb. 13.
The cumulative number, including foreign cruise ship-related cases, increased by two to 1,001 on Monday after Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture each reported deaths.
By prefecture, the death toll was highest at 327 in Tokyo, followed by 102 in Hokkaido, 98 in Kanagawa, 86 in Osaka, 69 in Saitama, 46 in Chiba and 45 in Hyogo.
The first fatal case in the country was a woman of Kanagawa, near Tokyo, in her 80s.
The daily number of fatal cases rose on many days in April and hit a peak of 32 on May 2. Although infections shot up in July, the daily number of fatal cases has so far stayed at or below two. But the daily fatalities peaked about three weeks later than the peak of infection cases in early to mid-April.
According to the health ministry, people in their 80s or older accounted for 556 of the 981 fatal cases as of Wednesday, which excluded cruise ship-related cases. Those in their 70s numbered 268.
Of the coronavirus positive cases in their 80s or older, 28.8 percent died. The share stood at 14.2 percent for those in their 70s, 4.7 percent in their 60s, 1.0 percent in their 50s and 0.4 percent in their 40s or younger.
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