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Tokyo's medical alert goes red as new Covid-19 cases hit a daily high of 822

This is the first time the city has raised its medical preparedness alert to the highest of its four levels

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

On Thursday December 17, Tokyo administered 10,909 Covid-19 tests. Out of which, 822 were confirmed positive, which is a new record for the metropolis.

According to The Japan Times, the Tokyo metropolitan government has also raised the capital’s medical preparedness alert to its highest level: stage four. This means that the pandemic is causing critical strain on the medical system. The surge in infections has not only continued to fill up hospital beds, it’s also making it difficult for medical institutions to juggle caring for those with coronavirus as well as regular patients.

Today’s new infection record came just a day after the previous high of 678 new cases on Wednesday December 16.

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