Tokyo reports record 366 new daily virus infections

Kyodo News

Posted at Jul 23 2020 05:14 PM

A large crowd wearing masks commutes through Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The Japanese government has indicated it sees the next couple of weeks as crucial to containing the spread of COVID-19, which began in China late last year. Jae C. Hong, AP Photo/File

TOKYO - The Tokyo metropolitan government said Thursday it confirmed a single-day record of 366 new cases of the novel coronavirus, as the capital strives to keep up guard against a recent surge in infections.

The figure surpasses the previous high of 293 cases confirmed last Friday and marks the first time it has topped 300. Tokyo has seen triple-digit single-day new infections on all but 2 days in July, with infections totaling 10,054 on Wednesday.

Tokyo and some other urban areas in Japan have seen sharp rises in confirmed cases since a nationwide state of emergency was fully lifted in late May.

"I'd like Tokyo residents to be cautious about virus infections and act carefully as a 4-day holiday in the nation has already started" on Thursday, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters.

The daily figures announced by the metropolitan government reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions in the capital.

Koike has urged residents to avoid nonessential outings during the 4-day holiday after raising the pandemic alert to the highest of 4 available levels, indicating "infections are spreading."

However, concerns over further spread of the virus are growing as the central government launched a travel subsidy campaign on Wednesday, with Tokyo excluded due to the recent spike in cases in the capital, while virus infections have been climbing nationwide.

There has been a surge in the number of infections in the capital, particularly from nightlife establishments such as hostess and host bars, the metropolitan government said.

Japan on Wednesday reported a record of 795 new daily virus infections, exceeding the previous single-day high set in April.

The figure brings the nationwide tally to over 27,800, including some 700 from the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama in February.