• staff report, kyodo


Tokyo confirmed 4,562 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, seeing a week-on-week increase for the fifth consecutive day as health experts warn of another wave of infections.

The daily tally, up by about 180 from a week before, is still far smaller than the nearly 21,000 cases registered in early February at the pandemic’s peak in the capital. However, the highly contagious BA.2 subvariant of the omicron strain has spread rapidly in many parts of the country.

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