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Tokyo’s daily COVID-19 tally hits 4,000 for first time 

  • August 1, 2021
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All national dailies reported on Sunday that a record 4,058 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Tokyo on Saturday, three times higher than a week ago. The virus also spread rapidly in other parts of the country, with record numbers of new cases reported in Kanagawa (1,580), Saitama (1,036), Chiba (792), Okinawa (439), Kyoto (199), and four other prefectures. Osaka also confirmed 1,040 cases, marking the highest number there in 3 months.  


The nationwide tally for Sunday was 10,177, including 3,053 in Tokyo, 1,258 in Kanagawa, 899 in Saitama, and 890 in Osaka. The overall figure exceeded 10,000 for four consecutive days. 

Meanwhile, Sunday’s Yomiuri took up smartphone tracking data showing that the number of people out and about near Shinjuku and Shibuya stations on Saturday afternoon remained almost the same as a week ago, noting that the government’s repeated calls for people to stay home were apparently ignored.  

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