Tokyo’s new daily COVID-19 cases hit 888

TOKYO (XINHUA) – The Tokyo metropolitan government yesterday reported a record 888 new daily coronavirus cases, as concerns continue to grow about the increasing strain on the medical system as cases in the capital continue to surge.

The last figure has surpassed the previous record of 821 recorded on December 17, bringing the city of 14 million’s cumulative total of infections to 54,018.

Since December 17, the Tokyo metropolitan government has raised its alert level regarding the strain on the medical system to the highest on its four-tier scale. Despite the recent surge in virus cases and the strain on the medical system, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said there was no need to declare a national state of emergency, although further restrictions on restaurants may be put in place.

But such is the severity of the situation that a “medical state of emergency” was declared by the Japan Medical Association and eight other health organisations on Monday.

While COVID-19 figures in the capital continuing to rise exponentially, the same is true nationwide, with Japan the previous day confirming a daily record 3,271 COVID-19 cases, not including those related to a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo earlier in the year.

The nation’s death toll also marked a single-day high at 56 on Wednesday.

People at a street in Shinjuku of Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: XINHUA