Tokyo reports 816 new COVID-19 cases as governors push for state of…
<p>TOKYO, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Tokyo reported 816 new daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, a day after governors from the capital and neighboring prefectures called on the Japanese government to announce a state of emergency to combat a recent surge in cases.</p> <p>Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has resisted calls for a second national state of emergency; the government first introduced that measure in April during an earlier wave of the pandemic.
Suga is scheduled to speak publicly on Jan. 4.</p> <p>Japan’s economy minister told reporters on Saturday the government needed to consult with health experts before deciding on a new declaration.</p> <p>As an interim measure, restaurants and karaoke parlors in the Tokyo area are being asked to close at 8 p.m., while businesses that serve alcohol should close at 7 p.m., 인계동셔츠룸 he said.</p> <p>The previous state of emergency relied on voluntary business closings and 수원셔츠룸 travel restrictions rather than the sort of rigid lockdown measures seen elsewhere in the world.</p> <p>Tokyo raised its COVID-19 alert to its highest level on Dec.
17. New infections in the capital hit a record 1,337 on Dec. 31.</p> <p>Japan’s health ministry said on Sunday there were 3,045 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus across the country.</p> <p>Since the start of the pandemic, Japan has reported more than 240,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 3,548 deaths, 인계동셔츠룸 according to the health ministry.
(Reporting by Mari Saito. Editing by Gerry Doyle)</p></div>
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