A record 286 new coronavirus cases were reported by the city government in Tokyo on Thursday — the highest number of new cases recorded in one day in Japan’s capital since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
As a result, the city’s government raised its coronavirus alert to “red,” the highest of four levels, late Wednesday among fears of a second wave of infections. The previous daily high was 243 cases, recorded July 10, according to the city government’s tally.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike described the situation as “rather severe.” She also urged the Japanese government to reconsider the timing for its “Go To” campaign to boost domestic tourism, due to launch next week, pleading with people not to travel outside Tokyo unless necessary.
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