• Kyodo, staff report


Japan recorded at least 1,304 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, reaching a record high for the second straight day.

Tokyo reported a record 367 new cases on Thursday as the metropolitan government asked restaurants and karaoke bars to limit their operating hours amid worries over the recent spike in infections across Japan.

Kanagawa, Hyogo, Tokushima, Fukuoka and Okinawa prefectures all reported record new single-day infections on Thursday, with Osaka, Aichi and Saitama also confirming high numbers.
The nationwide total now stands at over 35,450, including around 700 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama in February. The death toll stands at 1,020.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said the capital is considering issuing its own version of a state of emergency in the future depending on the number of cases in the coming days.

The metropolitan government has asked restaurants, karaoke bars and other stores to limit their operating hours to between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Aug. 3 to Aug. 31 to prevent further spread of the virus, Koike said, adding that it is also looking to pay ¥200,000 ($1,900) to cooperating companies.

People in their 20s and 30s accounted for 64 percent of the cases, in line with the recent trend, bringing the total cases in the capital to 12,228. Tokyo has recorded 329 deaths and 22 people are in serious conditions.

Tokyo’s previous high of 366 cases was reported last Thursday, raising the average tally to 258.1 cases over the past week.

Thursday’s nationwide tally topped Wednesday’s then-high of 1,260.

Across the nation, some prefectures reached new highs amid concern about a widespread surge following the lifting of a state of emergency in late May.

・Fukuoka Prefecture reported 121 new cases, a record high, with 75 in the city of Fukuoka alone, NHK said.

Kanagawa Prefecture posted 76 cases, matching a record high set on April 11.

Okinawa Prefecture report 49 new cases, a record tally for the fourth straight day, The Okinawa Times said.

Aichi Prefecture logged at least 160 cases Thursday, with Nagoya posting 108 infections — the first time for the city to top 100 new daily cases.

・Osaka Prefecture reported 190 new infections, after logging a daily record of 221 cases on Wednesday.

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