Tokyo registered this Saturday its record fourth daily Covid-19 infections, surpassing 10,000, while Japan surpassed 50,000 cases for the first time as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly.
The capital had 11,227 new coronavirus cases, the local government said a day after it reinstated restrictions on mobility and business activity until February 13.
The count of cases by Covid-19 Tokyo, which topped 9,699 on Friday, was more than double the 4,561 recorded a week earlier.
Infections across the country totaled at least 50,200, as nearly 30 of Japan’s 47 prefectures set records, broadcaster FNN reported.
Until Friday, the 78.7% of the population of Japan had received all the vaccines against Covid-19, but only 1.5% had a booster dose, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Ministry of Health approved on Friday the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old in an effort to increase the immunization rate.