Japan’s Capital Sees COVID-19 Cases Top 200 For 9th Day, Aichi Prefecture To Be Declared State Of Emergency

TOKYO, Aug 6 (NNN-NHK) – Tokyo metropolitan government, confirmed 263 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, while a resurgence of cases in Aichi Prefecture saw a state of emergency to be declared in the central region.

Tokyo’s latest figure marks the ninth consecutive day that new daily cases have topped 200, but the number of infections has dropped from the previous day’s tally of 309 and retreated from its record 472 cases reported Saturday.

Of the 263 latest cases, those testing positive in their 20’s and 30’s comprised 163 people, accounting for around 62 percent of the total.

Tokyo’s cumulative total reached 14,285 people, with the metropolitan government maintaining its highest alert level on its four-tier scale, meaning “infections are spreading.”

Until the end of the month, establishments serving alcohol, including bars, clubs, restaurants and karaoke parlours have been requested to close their doors at 10 p.m., in a bid to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The Tokyo metropolitan government also asked customers to only patronise such establishments displaying a sticker indicating that antiviral measures have been taken.

Tokyoites are also asked to avoid drinking and dinner parties with large groups of people, especially those taking place over extended periods of time, and refrain from holding smaller gatherings, taking place in close proximity with others.

Tokyo Governor, Yuriko Koike, has not ruled out the possibility of declaring a Tokyo-specific state of emergency, if deemed necessary.

Meanwhile, as Aichi Prefecture reported 144 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, pushing its cumulative total up to 2,528 cases, its governor, Hideaki Omura, said, the prefecture would declare a state of emergency from today through Aug 24.

Residents of the prefecture will be asked to refrain from making non-essential trips across prefectural borders.

Nationwide, new infections in Japan increased by 1,284, bringing the nation’s cumulative total to 42,740, not including those connected to a cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama in Feb.

New infections in Osaka Prefecture rose by 196 to total 4,916 cases, while those in Kanagawa increased by 81 to 2,831.

Saitama Prefecture reported 50 new infections, bringing its cumulative total to 2,606, while Fukuoka Prefecture saw cases increases by 123 to reach a total of 2,479, according to the latest figures last night.

The nation’s death toll from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at 1,027, last night’s figures showed.– NNN-NHK