NHK reported that 206 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tokyo on Thursday, saying that although the daily tally in Tokyo topped 400 on a few days last week, the number of new cases has been hovering around 200 this week, with 197 on Monday, 188 on Tuesday, 222 on Wednesday, and 206 on Thursday. A Tokyo government official reportedly said: “Although the number of tests has dropped, we don’t know what other factors have caused the recent figures to be around 200. We cannot determine whether the number of infections has been brought under control until we see the figures tomorrow and beyond. As of now, we cannot say that the number of infections has peaked.”
According to the network, among the 206 cases confirmed on Thursday, routes of infection were untraceable for 62%. In addition, 107 of the new cases were people in their 20s and 30s, accounting for about 52% of the total. Seventy-eight people, or about 38%, had close contact with virus carriers. Among the 78 people, 43 contracted the virus from a family member. Seven people had been in nightlife districts. In addition, 1,658 people are currently hospitalized, and the number of seriously ill patients remains at 21. Two additional people had died, bringing the death toll in Tokyo to 338. The network also said 296 people with no or mild symptoms are quarantined at seven hotels in Tokyo; 642 people are self-quarantined at home; and 898 people are reportedly waiting to be hospitalized or self-quarantined at a hotel or at home.