• staff report


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government logged a daily high of 201 COVID-19 infections Friday, up from 148 the previous day, bringing the capital’s total to 2,794 a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe extended his state of emergency declaration nationwide.

All prefectures are now trying to reduce person-to-person contact by 80 percent to contain the pandemic.

At a news conference Friday, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said she hopes to work with other prefectures to curb the flow of commuters by 80 percent.

“By using all means available, I’d like to protect the economy and the lives of Tokyo residents,” she said, while referring to the metro government’s compilation of a ¥357.4 billion extra budget earlier this week to roll out measures to mitigate the fallout.

The measures range from providing financial relief to small and midsize firms that comply with Koike’s request to suspend business to supplying face masks to medical and welfare institutions.

The package also includes support for artists financially damaged by the pandemic.

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