Japan reported 2,395 new cases of coronavirus and 54 additional deaths on Monday, according to a statement issued by the country’s health ministry.
Of these, 481 were in the capital, Tokyo, with the total number of people infected with the virus since the start of the epidemic now stands at 57,040.
It is the largest number of cases recorded in Tokyo on Monday since the start of the epidemic. Japan usually records small case numbers on Mondays as many medical facilities are closed during the weekends.
The total number of confirmed cases across Japan now stands at 223,832, while the number of deaths has reached 3,319.
While the latest national numbers are down from the daily high reported on Friday, the Health Ministry said 661 patients were in critical condition on Monday, two more than the previous day.
The Prime Minister pledged: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged at the government’s Coronavirus Task Force meeting, Monday, to make sure that health care services are available to deal with Covid-19 infections during the end-of-year and New Year holidays.
“There is no holiday for the virus,” he said.
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