Tokyo records 429 new cases of coronavirus infection


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 429 new cases of coronavirus infection on Saturday, surpassing the 400 mark for the second day in a row.That number brought the cumulative total for the Japanese capital to 15,536, reflecting a recent surge in infections.

People wearing face masks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic walk in the dazzling sunshine in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on August 7, 2020 (Kyodo)

Tokyo’s daily figures were high in August, after posting a record high of 472 on August 1.

The daily figures announced by the metropolitan government reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions in the capital.

The metropolitan government has raised its alert for the virus pandemic to the highest of four levels, meaning “infections are spreading.”

As the summer vacation season in Japan begins on Saturday, Governor Yuriko Koike has urged Tokyoites to avoid traveling or returning to their hometown.


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