THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
May 9, 2021 at 17:35 JST
Officials wearing face masks watch a trial athletics test event May 9 at the National Stadium held in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics starting in July. (AP Photo)
Tokyo confirmed 1,032 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on May 9, the second day in a row since January for the daily figure to top 1,000, metropolitan health officials said.
The last time the daily count surpassed the 1,000 mark for two consecutive days was Jan. 23, when 1,079 infections were logged.
The latest tally is up 153 from the previous Sunday.
The seven-day case average per day over the week through May 9 was 798.4, or 95.8 percent of that of the preceding week, officials said.
Of the newly confirmed cases on May 9, 304 patients were in their 20s, followed by 167 in their 30s and 40s, each, and 122 in their 50s. Patients aged 65 or older stood at 103.
The number of serious COVID-19 cases requiring ventilators or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which circulates blood through an artificial lung, edged up to 73 from 71 the day before.
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