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Tokyo reports 131 COVID-19 cases, topping 100 for third day in a row

staff report, Kyodo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 131 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, marking three consecutive days above 100 and the highest tally since May 2.

Saturday's count prompted Gov. Yuriko Koike to urge residents not to travel beyond Tokyo's borders.

"I want Tokyo citizens to refrain from making any nonessential trips to other prefectures," Koike told reporters.

Infections are growing among younger people, and many of them are being traced to host and hostess bars and other nightlife destinations.

Koike said such infections are raising the overall count, with infections among people in their 20s and 30s making up around 100 of the 131 cases.

Tokyo reported 107 cases on Thursday and 124 on Friday. Saturday's figure is the capital's highest single-day count since 154 on May 2. The peak was 206 on April 17.

The worsening trend has stoked fears of a resurgence of the virus in the capital and in the surrounding prefectures in the Kanto region.

While urging the public to exercise caution, Koike has stressed that the metropolitan government will make efforts to reopen the virus-hit economy. The central government has said it does not see the need to immediately revive the state of emergency despite the climbing infections.

Saturday's cases brought Tokyo's total infection count to date to 6,654.

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