Tokyo confirms record-high 949 new virus cases

TOKYO (AP) -Tokyo has confirmed 949 new cases of the coronavirus, a new high for the Japanese capital, as the country struggles with an upsurge that is spreading nationwide.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said yesterday that the additional cases bring the prefectural total to 55,851. Japan had 3,823 new cases on Friday for a national total of 213,547, with 3,155 deaths, Japan’s Health Ministry said. Japan has not been able to slow the infections despite government requests for the people to avoid going out for dinner and parties before and during the holiday season.

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk around the scrambled intersection at the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. KYODO NEWS/AP

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has urged residents to avoid nonessential outings.

But many people have continued commuting on crowded trains and going out for dinner.