• staff report, Jiji, Kyodo


Tokyo has confirmed 5,534 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, topping the 5,000 mark for the second straight day, while Osaka reported a record 2,443 cases as infections continue to rise across the nation due to the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant.

The seven-day average of new cases in Tokyo rose 20.1% from the week before to 4,774. The number of severely ill patients in the capital fell by one to 274.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.