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Tokyo set for new daily COVID-19 record with some 280 new cases

Tokyo, Jul 16 (efe-epa).- Tokyo’s government on Thursday was expected to announce a record daily number of coronavirus cases with some 280 new infections, according to the capital’s governor.

The authorities have been reporting more than 100 cases in each of the previous days, while at the end of last week 200 daily infections were exceeded, reaching a high of 243 on Friday.

Governor Yuriko Koike said the figure she was given by officials was provisional, and that the number of daily tests carried out in the city also reached a record high, surpassing 4,000.

In the face of the spike in infections, the Tokyo government on Wednesday raised its local alert system to the highest level, a measure aimed at raising public awareness of the risk of infection, although it does not entail new restrictions.

The rise in infections in the Japanese metropolis comes after the lifting of the state of emergency across the country in late May, during which authorities recommended that citizens not leave home where possible and asked many businesses to temporarily close.

With the new figures, 8,500 COVID-19 infections have been recorded in Tokyo, the area with the most cases in the country, which has recorded 22,890 infections and 985 deaths, according to the latest official data.

Among the main sources of new infections detected in Tokyo is a theater in Shinjuku district where dozens of people were infected during performances that took place between the end of June and the beginning of July, as well as the well-known red-light district of Kabukicho, located in the same area.

The increase in cases in the capital is also taking place amid debate about a campaign to promote domestic tourism, promoted by the central government with the aim of contributing to the economic recovery of regions hit by the collapse of foreign tourism.

The viability of this initiative will be discussed Thursday by the government and a panel of experts, after several regional governments, including that of Tokyo, criticized the campaign for the risk that a spread of infection could pose for regions less affected by the virus. EFE-EPA

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