The number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Tokyo has shot up to 443 in the past week, giving Tokyo by far the largest number of confirmed cases among Japan’s 47 prefectures. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike held a press conference yesterday (March 30) urging Tokyo citizens to continue to stay home as much as possible. Koike advised people to abstain from all nightlife activities including going out to bars, clubs, karaoke joints and live music venues, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The press conference follows Koike's strong request last week for Tokyoites to avoid all non-essential outings. While major parks and tourist attractions have remained closed since the announcement, many Tokyo businesses have resumed operations, albeit with shorter hours now, after a brief closure over the weekend.
Despite the rapidly rising number of patients across the country, Japan has yet to place any cities or prefectures on lockdown. The Japanese government says it will continue to monitor the situation carefully, but Tokyo may be forced into a lockdown if serious actions aren’t taken to flatten the curve.
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