Complaints between neighbors over noise have been on the rise in Tokyo of late, even leading to a murder case, as many people are frustrated at being compelled to stay home for an extensive period to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Tokyo police received 24,245 phone calls reporting excessive noise in March and April, up 28.5 percent from the previous year. The period coincides with school closures prompted by a government request as well as the state of emergency declared for the capital on April 7, which is set to last until May 31.

The alarming trend has prompted some experts to call for intervention by neutral third-party organizations at an early stage to settle the problems.