Hokkaido issued a new state of emergency declaration on Sunday, following one issued in late February, after seeing an increase in the pace of coronavirus infections.

In Tokyo, the total number of virus infections topped 2,000 as the capital and six prefectures experienced their first weekend under a state of emergency declared by the central government, with residents urged to refrain from nonessential outings and some businesses asked to shut.

On Sunday, 166 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Tokyo, the metropolitan government said, bringing the total to 2,068. On Saturday, 197 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, a record daily increase for the fourth straight day.