Japan sees 357 new coronavirus cases as Tokyo hits record daily high


Japan recorded 357 new coronavirus cases Thursday, its health ministry said Friday.

This is the first time the country has recorded more than 300 daily new infections since April 25, when it was still under a state of emergency over the pandemic.

The majority of the new infections came from Tokyo, which reported 224 new cases on Thursday — the largest single-day climb in the Japanese capital since the outbreak began.

Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike said Thursday the jump was due to increased testing.

Koike said he expects the trend to continue and urged the public and businesses to stick to guidelines for infection prevention.

Japan also recorded a coronavirus-related death Thursday, the health ministry said.

So far, the coronavirus has infected 21,431 people and claimed 995 lives in Japan.


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