Japan reports largest surge of Covid-19 since January

Tokyo, May 8 (EFE).- Japan on Saturday reported over 7,000 new coronavirus cases, the daily rise since January, a day after extending the current state of emergency state until the end of May.

Tokyo, scheduled to host the Olympics in less than three months, detected 1,121 new infections, the highest number since 22 January, when it was under the second state of emergency.

Over a dozen of Japan’s prefectures reported record cases, including central Aichi, with 575, and northern Hokkaido, with 403.

On 23 April, Japan declared a state of emergency for the third time in the most populated regions to curb a spike in the Covid-19 cases.

Under the state of emergency, authorities ordered bars and restaurants not to serve alcohol and sports venues to run at half capacity or a maximum of 5,000 fans.

On Friday, authorities announced the restrictions would be extened until the end of the month in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.

Other prefectures such as Aichi and Fukuoka are to impose similar limitations from Wednesday. EFE


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