Japan Sees Spike In Daily COVID-19 Cases For Fourth Straight Day, To Suspend Domestic Travel Campaign

TOKYO, Nov 22 (NNN-NHK) – Japan reported 2,560 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, renewing a record number of daily infections for a fourth consecutive day, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

The latest rise in cases brought the nation’s tally to 130,915.

In Tokyo, the epicentre of the country’s outbreak, a record-high of 539 new cases were reported yesterday, exceeding the previous record of 534 registered on Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 37,317, the highest among the country’s 47 prefectures.

Other urban areas also saw a spike in new cases, with Osaka Prefecture in western Japan hitting a record 415 yesterday.

Across the country, the death toll from the virus currently stands at 1,987, with five new fatalities announced yesterday. The death toll includes 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The health ministry also said, there are currently 313 patients considered severely ill with ventilators or in intensive care units.

Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, said yesterday that, the government will suspend the domestic “Go To Travel” campaign, in areas with a high number of cases. However, he stopped short of saying when and where the suspension will begin.– NNN-NHK