Tokyo reports 4,109 daily COVID-19 cases

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Tokyo reports 4,109 daily COVID-19 cases

People wearing masks cross a bridge in the rain on May 12 in Yokohama. AP Photo Tokyo confirmed 4,109 new COVID 19 cases on May 13, up 1,428 from a week ago, marking the seventh day of a week-on- week increase.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 30,000 the same day. The country reached the milestone in less than three months after the cumulative figure exceeded 20,000 on February 11.

There were four deaths among patients in their 70 s to 90 s in the capital.

The daily average of new cases over the week through May 13 in Tokyo was 4,153, or 146.1 percent of the average for the previous week.

Seven patients were diagnosed as having been infected with the virus in the capital without being tested.

The 20 s represented the largest age group of the new patients in Tokyo, followed by 767 in their 30 s, 557 in their 40 s, 487 between 10 and 19, 459 under 10 and 344 in their 50 s.

The occupancy rate of hospital beds for COVID 19 patients in Tokyo was 15.3 percent, while 3.5 percent of hospital beds for severely ill patients were filled, officials said.

The metropolitan government said it would consider asking the central government to issue a state of emergency for Tokyo if the occupancy rate of beds for seriously ill patients was between 30 and 40 percent.

The Tokyo metropolitan government defines seriously ill patients as those requiring ventilators or ECMO heart-lung bypass machines.

Their number dropped by two from the previous day to four on May 13.