FILE PHOTO: An employee of a restaurant wearing a protective face mask after the onset of coronavirus disease (COVID-1
TOKYO (Reuters) – According to the city’s governor, 143 additional cases of the novel corona virus were reported in Tokyo on Sunday, with the highest daily jump increasing the number of cases in the Japanese capital to over 1,000.
The Tokyo metropolitan government has urged people to stay at home as the number of cases in the city of nearly 14 million people has increased in recent days.
The number of cases with incomprehensible transmission routes has increased in recent days, Governor Yuriko Koike said in a live YouTube video on Sunday, adding that it is worrying that a number of people in hospitals are infected.
The majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend in Tokyo affected people under the age of 50, a member of the Japanese Ministry of Health’s virus task force said on the same live broadcast on Sunday evening, adding that many of them were between 20 and 20 years old Years were 30s.
Tokyo’s metropolitan government has repeatedly urged residents of the densely populated city to avoid all unnecessary trips. Koike said in a previous television appearance that “lives are at stake”.
Worldwide cases of the new corona virus have shot over 1 million with more than 64,000 deaths. Japan, with around 3,000 cases and 73 deaths on Friday, has so far been spared the kind of explosive wave in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.
With the increase in cases in Tokyo, the governor of Tokyo and groups representing medical professionals have made increasing demands on the central government to request a “state of emergency”. Unlike in some countries, this would give the government limited enforcement powers.
Reporting by Mari Saito; Edited by Lincoln Feast and Frances Kerry