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Japan reports a new daily record high

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On Friday, Japanese authorities reported 1,307 new cases. In Tokyo, Governor Yuriko Koike said that 463 cases were reported.

This puts the total number of cases in Tokyo to 12,691. On Thursday, Japan reported 1305 cases, another record of cases, which beats the previous record which was set a day before. This is worrying officials about a new resurgence of infections.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government also reported that the current record of Friday beats the previous record set the day before, when 367 cases were reported. On Thursday, officials asked establishments that serve alcohol and karaoke parlors to close early. These business and any related businesses will have to operate between 5am to 10pm as from Monday till the end of August.The government will compensate them by paying them ¥200,000 ($1,909) to the businesses that follow the request.

Mr Koike said to a press conference, ‘If the situation worsens, Tokyo would have to think about issuing its own state of emergency.’

‘We’re entering the summer vacation period when people normally make plans for travel and events but unfortunately, this summer will be different from a normal year.’

Most of those infected are aged below 40 and they present with mild or no symptoms. Young people account for three-quarters of those recently infected. Clusters at bars are blamed for the surge in cases.

Other areas also reported new records such as Hyogo, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Okinawa and Kanagawa.

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