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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 48 new coronavirus infections on Monday — a day after reporting 47 cases — the largest daily figure since May 5.

Of the 48 cases, 20 were confirmed through a group examination conducted mainly for so-called host club employees, metropolitan government sources said.

The Tokyo government is asking people working at nightclubs and similar entertainment establishments to regularly take coronavirus tests, as part of new measures to stem the spread of the virus in nightlife districts in the capital such as Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area.

“Through active testing, (I hope that) people would be conscious of their infection and would not transmit the virus to others,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike told reporters Sunday after meeting with economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.

Among the 47 cases reported Sunday, 18 were confirmed through a group examination newly initiated in the Kabukicho area and 14 more were related to nightlife spots.

Koike agreed with Nishimura, the minister in charge of Japan’s virus response, to work together to prevent a second wave of infections in the nightlife districts, starting with Kabukicho, which has seen a large number of new infections.

Koike, however, stopped short of addressing whether businesses will be again asked to suspend operations.

Just last Thursday Tokyo lifted its warning about a possible increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the capital. Koike issued the warning she calls “Tokyo alert” on June 2.

Tokyo is now moving closer to a full resumption of economic and social activities, with Koike having announced the transition to the third phase of the capital’s recovery plan.

Nightclubs and similar entertainment establishments, which are not included in the third phase, will be permitted to reopen from Friday.

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