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Passengers sit in an almost empty arrival hall at Kansai International Airport on December 27 in Osaka, Japan. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Japan reported 2,395 new coronavirus cases and 54 additional deaths Monday, according to a statement from the country’s Ministry of Health. 

Of those, 481 were in the capital, Tokyo, where the total number of people infected with the virus since the start of the pandemic now stands at 57,040. 

It’s the highest number of cases recorded in Tokyo on a Monday since the pandemic began. Japan typically records lower case numbers on Mondays as many medical facilities are closed over the weekends.

The total number of confirmed cases nationwide in Japan now stands at 223,832, while the death toll has reached 3,319.

While the latest national figures are down from a daily high reported on Friday, the Health Ministry said 661 patients were in a serious condition on Monday, two more than the previous day. 

PM’s pledge: At a government coronavirus task force meeting Monday, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged to make sure health care services are available to deal with Covid-19 infections during the year-end and New Year holidays.

“There is no holiday for (the) virus,” he said.

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