Tokyo sees record increase in daily cases

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

Worldwide cases of the new corona virus have shot past 1 million with more than 64,000 fatalities.

However, the spread of the virus in Japan has been slower than in many other nations, especially the United State and several in Europe. Japan's confirmed cases exceeded 3,000 over the weekend - excluding those related to the Diamond Princess cruise ship - a jump from less than 500 a month ago.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a cautious approach to declaring a state of emergency.

He says there needs to be more testing. As of end-March, the health ministry had counted 26 clusters of infections nationwide.

As of Saturday, 817 coronavirus patients were receiving treatment in Tokyo hospitals.

He said such drastic measures would further harm an economy already grappling with the serious economic fallout from the coronavirus and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Unlike in some countries, that would give the government limited enforcement power.

Tokyo now has 1,034 confirmed cases - more than double any other prefecture. "In the event of a spike in cases, United States citizens with pre-existing medical conditions may not be able to receive the medical care they have grown accustomed to in Japan prior to the Covid-19 pandemic".

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and Abe implore the public to stay at home, avoid travel and practice social distancing.

The Tokyo metropolitan government has strongly urged people to stay at home as the 13 million city has seen an increase in cases in recent days. Koike said in an earlier TV appearance that "lives were at stake".

There is also a shortage of ventilators, as well doctors and technicians who know how to use them, health authorities said.

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