Tokyo to confirm 83 new coronavirus infections


Tokyo is set to confirm 83 new coronavirus infections on Monday, a source familiar with the situation, while the capital is struggling with a recent surge.

The new count comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had started preparations to declare a state of emergency in the face of the spread of the coronavirus in Japan.

On Sunday, Tokyo posted the highest rate of increase ever for daily infections, with 143, and saw the 100 virus infections causing pneumonia in the top 100 for the second day in a row. By Saturday, the daily increase had reached 117.

(Fewer people than usual are walking in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo)

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Overall, the number of infections has exceeded 4,500 in the country, with 105 deaths. The Tokyo metropolitan government will announce the exact figure for new infections on Monday.

As the number of infections continues to rise in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka, Abe said the statement, which is expected to be released on Tuesday, will be in effect until May 6 and will cover these two regions as well as five other prefectures.

Once declared, the prefectural governors can tell the public to stay at home and request the closure of schools and other facilities.


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