July 10: COVID-19 round-up
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 224 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, an all-time high for the capital following a surge in infections that began more than two weeks ago, Ryusei Takahashi and Satoshi Sugiyama report.
- Neighboring prefectures have also been recording more infections. On Wednesday, Saitama Prefecture reported 48 cases, the highest in nearly two months. Kanagawa Prefecture has also seen its weekly average of new infections exceed its monitoring criteria of 10 over the past several days.
- On Monday, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence they say shows airborne virus particles in closed spaces can infect people who breathe them in.
- After the pandemic eventually subsides, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) plans to promote nature-centered inbound tourism in a bid to help boost the fortunes of less-frequented rural areas.
- Live stage performances are taking roads less traveled as they cope with the COVID-19 crisis, writes Nobuko Tanaka, by performing out of the back of trucks in unlikely places, and even turning to virtual reality.