THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
August 7, 2020 at 16:21 JST
Pedestrians in Tokyo’s Ginza district on Aug. 1 pass by a statue wearing a mask. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Tokyo reported 462 new COVID-19 cases on Aug. 7, the third highest daily figure for the capital.
It also marked the 11th straight day of more than 200 new cases.
The record for Tokyo was set on Aug. 1 with 472 cases, up from 463 the day before.
Tokyo metropolitan government officials said the daily average of new COVID-19 infections for the week ending Aug. 6 was 345.3, meaning infections were increasing in the capital at a pace of about 1,000 every three days.
While the core age group of new infections this summer has been the young, an Aug. 6 meeting of experts monitoring the spread of infections noted an increase in the number of those 40 and older testing positive for COVID-19.
It recommended that greater attention should be paid to this age group in the future.
Of the 462 new cases on Aug. 7, 65.8 percent were of individuals aged between 20 and 40. There were 186 cases among those in their 20s and 118 among those in their 30s.
Among other age groups, the breakdown came to 68 cases among those in their 40s; 33 among those in their 50s; 19 among those in their 60s and teens; 11 among those in their 70s and six among those in their 80s. Two cases were of children under the age of 10.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 stood at 1,476 as of Aug. 6, which exceeded the 1,413 on May 12. Records kept by the Tokyo metropolitan government that can allow for a comparison only go back to mid-May.
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