• KYODO, staff report


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Tuesday confirmed 78 new infected cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, a record number for a single day, while also announcing seven infected individuals in their 50s to 70s died.

This brought the total number of cases in Tokyo to 521 as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Japan’s total infected figure has topped over 2,000, excluding those from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The metropolitan government said it is unknown where 49 of the 78 new cases were infected, while 10 individuals were those linked to Eiju General Hospital in Taito Ward, which has become a major cluster in Tokyo.

According to the metropolitan government, five of the seven deaths announced Tuesday are from cases connected the hospital.

In an effort to somehow stop the wider spread, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike requested people on Monday to refrain from going out at night, saying that there have been an increasing number of newly infected cases at bars and night clubs. She also asked for people not to go karaoke or attend live houses.

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