Tokyo cases hit record as govt mulls emergency

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo yesterday reported a daily record of 1,591 coronavirus cases as the national government prepares to declare a state of emergency this week to cope with a new wave of infections.

Those needing critical care in the capital also reached a record 113 people, according to the metropolitan government.

Japan Medical Association Head Toshio Nakagawa called the situation “extremely serious” but stopped short of criticising Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for acting too slow to contain the latest outbreak, as some have suggested.

“Please take this virus seriously, and do not think it is just another flu,” Nakagawa said, warning hospital care was getting stretched thin.

Japan has confirmed more than 250,000 cases, including over 3,700 deaths.

People walk at a train station in Tokyo. PHOTO: AP