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Tokyo’s New Covid Cases Touch Record as New Variants Sweep Japan

  • City added 40,406 Covid cases on Thursday, 7 deaths: statement
  • Local governments imposing curbs to curtail virus transmission
The 7-day rolling average of confirmed cases in Japan was 1,480 per million people on July 27 -- the highest level among G-7 nations, according to Our World in Data. 

The 7-day rolling average of confirmed cases in Japan was 1,480 per million people on July 27 -- the highest level among G-7 nations, according to Our World in Data. 

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Tokyo reported an unprecedented 40,406 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, eclipsing the previous daily record made last week, as new more contagious omicron subvariants emerge.

Japan’s capital city registered 7 deaths and 27 cases with serious symptoms, according to a statement from the local government. The hospital bed occupancy rate is at 50.3, it said. The country overall added 209,600 cases as of Wednesday, pushing the total tally of infections past 11.9 million.