Each day that Tokyo has surpassed its own record for new cases of COVID-19, more often than not the country has as well.

On Wednesday, the capital reported an unprecedented 1,591 cases, and as of the evening new cases nationwide had passed 6,000 for the first time.

However, even though infections within residences continue to account for the largest portion of traceable new cases in Tokyo — and have done since the start of the third wave in late October — the state of emergency Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to declare for the greater Tokyo metropolitan area on Thursday largely targets food establishments.