Tokyo tallies COVID-19 daily record as Hong Kong on alert over case surge

Tokyo/Hong Kong, Jul 10 (efe-epa).- Tokyo on Friday set a new record for coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, as Hong Kong was on high alert amid a surge in infections.

Tokyo registered its first case of coronavirus on Jan. 24 and at the beginning of June seemed to be in control of the situation. But on Thursday it posted a daily record of 224 new cases, and the count rose again Friday to 243, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike reported.

To date, 7,515 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Tokyo, almost a third of the country’s total, with 325 deaths in the capital, compared to 982 deaths across Japan.

As across much of the country, Tokyo lived under a state of emergency between Apr. 7 and May 25, but subsequently the limitations on daily life have gradually been lifted, and it was getting back to normal, albeit still with some restrictions.

In a press conference, Koike said that the data recorded Friday arose from infections that could have occurred two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong media reported that the special administrative region had recorded at least 30 new cases of coronavirus Friday, boosting the severity of the rebound detected throughout the week.

The number of new positives in the city, which had not registered any new cases for weeks, totaled 14 on Tuesday, 24 on Wednesday and 42 on Thursday.

Fears were growing over a Sha Tin public housing estate, according to the state RTHK news outlet, which reported that at least 10 residents were taken to hospital by ambulance on Thursday night.

The new cases were also linked to nursing homes, schools and restaurants, and infections have also been detected among some taxi drivers.

Given the figures, the Hong Kong government decided Thursday to reimpose certain restrictions, such as capacity limits for bars and restaurants from Saturday.

All kindergartens, primary and secondary schools are to close early for the summer starting Monday, RTHK said.

Figures from the Hong Kong authorities indicate that since the start of the pandemic, Hong Kong has recorded 1,366 infections, including seven deaths. EFE-EPA


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