Japan: Tokyo virus cases top 100, highest in 2 months

Elias Hubbard
July 4, 2020

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said about 70% of cases on Thursday were among people in their 20s and 30s.

Japan has not seen the explosive outbreak of the virus suffered elsewhere but Tokyo, with a population of some 14 million, accounts for almost 6,400 of its approximately 19,000 cases.

The Tokyo metropolitan government is expected to report more than 100 new coronavirus infections Thursday, a source said, the highest number of daily cases in two months. Tokyo remains the hardest-hit of Japan's 47 prefectures. More 120 new cases were found in Tokyo on Friday, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

The number of coronavirus infections in the capital decreased after peaking at 206 on April 17. Japan's infection rates remain far below those of many other countries, but the recent rise in cases and the possibility of renewed restrictions have put authorities and businesses on edge.

People wearing face masks walk at the scramble crossing in front of Tokyo's Shibuya Station on July 3, 2020.

The state of emergency was lifted on May 25.

Koike, who has switched parties several times and shares many of Abe's conservative views, bolted from the LDP in 2016 to make a successful bid to become Tokyo's first female governor.

"Things are a bit different from the time when (people) could not be tested easily", she said, referring to how the current situation is unlike that in the spring when the numbers surged.

The figure compares with 67 on Wednesday and is likely to exceed 50 for the seventh straight day.

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