• staff report, Kyodo


Tokyo confirmed 309 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the city’s cumulative total beyond 14,000, the metropolitan government said.

With Tuesday’s figure, a total of 14,022 cases have been confirmed in Tokyo. Tuesday also marks the eighth consecutive day for the city to report over 200 infections.

Other areas have also seen sharp rises in confirmed cases since a nationwide state of emergency was fully lifted in late May.

In Okinawa, authorities confirmed 83 new cases on Tuesday, a new record exceeding the 71 reported last Friday. A total of 637 cases have been confirmed in the prefecture so far.

Kanagawa Prefecture also renewed its previous daily high on Tuesday, reporting 89 new cases.

In Osaka, 193 more cases were confirmed the same day, Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said. The prefecture’s total now stands at 4,720. Aichi Prefecture also reported 120 cases, topping 100 cases for eight days straight.

In Tokyo, daily counts had been below 300 on Sunday and Monday after logging record-breaking increases last week. A record 472 new cases were reported in Tokyo on Saturday.

Infections among family members and friends are rising in the capital. Two families of five had all of their family members infected, while six from a group of seven people who traveled together got infected.

Tokyo has requested that karaoke parlors and establishments serving alcohol close by 10 p.m., effective from Monday through the end of August, to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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