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Covid-19: Tokyo records highest number of new cases in over a month

People wearing face masks cross a street in Tokyoís Shinjuku area.

TheMole
Written by TheMole

June 15, 2020

Authorities in Tokyo have reported 41 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the highest number since May 5.

According to Kyodo News, 18 of the cases were linked to nightlife establishments in the Japanese capital, such as those at the Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area.

The sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in such area has prompted the authorities to ask those working at nightclubs and entertainment establishments to regularly take coronavirus tests.

Yesterday’s daily figure was an increase from the 24 new cases recorded the previous day, of which four were detected at Shinjuku.

Officials said they were working to prevent a second wave of infections, especially in the nightlife districts but stopped short of saying whether businesses will be asked to suspend their operations.

Tokyo had on Thurday lifted an alert issued on June 2 over a possible increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the city, which is now moving closer to a full resumption of economic and social activities.

The Covid-19 state of emergency declaration was fully lifted in Japan on May 25.

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