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Tokyo's daily COVID cases top 5,000, 1st time since late April

Capital's alert raised to 2nd highest, while Osaka infections double in a week

Despite a recent heatwave, Tokyo residents continue to wear masks as cases in the capital rise.    © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo confirmed 5,302 daily COVID-19 cases Tuesday, exceeding the 5,000 mark for the first time since April 28, as the capital saw the number of infections more than double from a week earlier.

The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases stood at 3,778.3 per day in Tokyo, up 74.9%  from a week before, according to the metropolitan government.

Last Thursday, the Tokyo government raised the level of COVID-19 alert by a notch to the second-highest on its four-level scale in response to a rise in infections for two consecutive weeks.

Meanwhile, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, reported 4,523 daily cases on Tuesday, about double the level a week earlier.

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