The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 429 coronavirus infections on Saturday, topping 400 for a second day in a row.

Although it’s partly due to increased testing, the capital continues to report daily infection tallies in the triple digits. It reported 360 cases on Thursday and 462 on Friday, bringing Tokyo’s streak of consecutive days over 200 cases to 12.

Elsewhere, media reports said Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures logged 128 and 84 infections on Saturday, both setting daily records, while Aichi had logged over 100 cases for 12 straight days with 177. Okinawa and Hyogo prefectures confirmed 84 and 55 infections, respectively.

The recent spike in cases has been filling up hospital beds in Tokyo.

As of Friday, 1,475 were hospitalized compared with 427 a month earlier. The number of critically ill patients who need ventilators has also climbed to 23 from 8. Tokyo has secured 2,400 hospital beds, including 100 for seriously ill patients.

Tokyo’s cumulative tally of confirmed cases now stands at 15,536. As of Friday, the death toll was 333.


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