• staff report, Kyodo


Tokyo confirmed 75 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, marking the first time the daily figure in the capital has fallen below 100 in a week, the metropolitan government said.

Wednesday’s figure, which brings the cumulative number of novel coronavirus infections in Tokyo to 7,048, is the first double-digit figure since July 1, when 67 cases were reported.

It also comes as Gov. Yuriko Koike urges residents to refrain from nonessential travel to other prefectures amid growing concern over a second wave of infections.

Tokyo makes up around a third of the total confirmed cases in the country.

On Tuesday, Koike said the metropolitan government plans to extend financial assistance to nightclubs and other facilities in Ikebukuro, a major commercial and entertainment district, if they suspend operations at authorities’ request after incurring clusters of infections.

The number of confirmed cases has risen recently in the district, along with Shinjuku Ward’s Kabukicho, which is famous for various types of nightclubs.

Despite the recent rise in infections, the number of critically ill coronavirus patients has been decreasing from a high of over 100 cases at the end of April through to the beginning of May, to around 10 in July, according to the metropolitan government.

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