• Staff report


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said it confirmed 25 coronavirus infections on Friday as it further eased restrictions on business activities to get the economy back on its feet.

The number of new cases has been over 20 for two consecutive days. The capital recorded 22 on Thursday.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced the lifting of the Tokyo Alert, a warning on the upward trend of the virus, on Thursday night.

The criteria for canceling the alert and relaxing business restrictions include keeping the weekly average of daily cases under 20, keeping untraceable cases under half of all infections, and ensuring infections decline every week.

As of Thursday, Tokyo reported a weekly average of 17.9 new cases, about 48 percent of which were untraceable, and a total around 2 percent fewer than the previous week. It is not clear how many of Friday’s official infections were untraceable.

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