Tokyo reported 1,219 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 11, the seventh straight day for the daily count to top 1,000, metropolitan officials said.

The latest tally marked the first time for a Monday to reach the 1,000 threshold. New cases reported on Mondays are usually lower than for other days of the week due to the fewer number of people who get tested toward the weekend.

Serious cases, those involving patients requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, an ECMO lung bypass machine, reached a new high of 131 in the capital, up three from the day before.

As of Jan. 9, the overall tally of serious cases nationwide rose by 25 from the previous day to 852, a record, the health ministry said.

Of the 1,219 new patients in Tokyo, 356 were in their 20s, leading other age groups. They were followed by 204 in their 30s, 183 in their 40s and 177 in their 50s. Those aged 65 or older accounted for 151 cases.


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