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Tokyo's daily coronavirus cases hit new high of 1,337

Governor of Japan's capital warns spread of infection 'very severe'

People wearing face masks walk in Tokyo's Omotesando district on Dec. 24. Japan's capital is experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Daily coronavirus infections in Japan's capital of Tokyo surged past 1,300 on Thursday, hitting a fresh record and exceeding 1,000 for the first time since the pandemic began this year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced.

The 1,337 cases reported by the government far eclipsed the previous high of 949 cases logged last Saturday. Eighty-nine people are hospitalized with severe symptoms, an increase of four from the previous day, while the total number of deaths in the city rose by five to 627.

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