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Tokyo reports 309 new cases of coronavirus infection

Baku, August 4, AZERTAC

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 309 new cases of the novel coronavirus, an official said, amid growing concern over a resurgence of infections, according Kyodo News.

The latest figure for the capital comes a day after 258 new cases were confirmed. Tokyo logged 292 cases on Sunday and a record daily increase of 472 on Saturday.

The daily figures announced by local governments reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions.

High numbers were recorded from late July and the average daily new infections for the week through Monday have already reached 338.3.

The metropolitan government has raised its alert for the pandemic to the highest of four levels, meaning "infections are spreading," with Gov. Yuriko Koike warning Tokyo city authorities may declare an emergency.

Tokyo has requested that karaoke venues and establishments serving alcohol close by 10 p.m., which came into effect on Monday and will continue through the end of August, to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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