Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday asked residents to stay at home over the upcoming four-day weekend, as the capital has seen an increase in cases of COVID-19 infection.
As Koike said during a press briefing, the number of cases of infection in the city exceeded 10,000. Noting that scientific analysis will be required to determine whether this is a second wave of the virus, the Governor recommended that everyone prepare for this.
On Wednesday, 238 new cases were recorded in Tokyo, which is lower than the record daily figure reached last Friday (293 cases), but for the second day in a row, the number of instances exceeds 200 people. Three-digit indicators in the city recorded all of July, except for two days.
Speaking about the upcoming long weekend, Koike urged Tokyo residents, especially the elderly and people with concomitant diseases, to ” refrain from walking if possible.” The weekend in Japan starts on Thursday. They were initially timed to coincide with the Olympic games, which were supposed to begin on Friday, but were postponed until next year.
Japan did not impose a full quarantine, but the authorities asked that businesses be closed, and employees are sent to work remotely. Since April, the country has been under a state of emergency, which was recently phased out.
In total, there are about 26,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and nearly 1,000 deaths in the country.