Tokyo daily coronavirus cases hit record as state of emergency looms
Tokyo reported a record 1,591 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as Japan’s government faces increasing pressure from health experts to impose a strict state of emergency for the greater metropolitan area, Reuters reports.
Rising infections have driven Tokyo and surrounding areas to the highest level of a four-stage alert, prompting regional governors to urge for a declaration of emergency that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to announce on Thursday.
The health ministry held a meeting of infectious disease experts on Wednesday, the second in as many days. They have called for stricter and longer countermeasures, while Suga has sought a more limited response to avoid damaging the economy.
Nationwide, COVID-19 infections reached a daily record of 4,915 on Tuesday, while deaths were also an all-time high of 76.