Tokyo reports 1,027 new COVID-19 cases as Osaka records record 44 deaths

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Tokyo reported 1,027 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the first time for the daily tally of the first 1,000 since January 28.

Tokyo’s seven-day moving average of infections per day rose to 782.1, up 14.3% from the previous seven-day period.

Also on Thursday, Osaka reported 1,171 new cases and a record 44 deaths. Aichi Prefecture has confirmed 431 cases of infection, which is its record high. Ishikawa and Akita prefectures recorded 39 and 17 cases, respectively, rewriting their records.

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The resurgence of the pandemic in the capital and other parts of Japan comes less than three months before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, with organizers letting the possibility of hosting the games without fans hover.

Japan reported an additional 5,793 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest daily level in more than three months.

Governors of Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures urged residents on Wednesday to refrain from travel to, from and within the metropolitan area ahead of the holiday series.

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In an online meeting, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and her counterparts from Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures urged people to stay home and stop drinking on the streets and eating with people who are not members.

Local government leaders have called on companies to reduce the number of commuters by 70% by encouraging remote working.

Koike told the meeting that the Golden Week holiday period until early May is “a watershed moment that will decide whether we can stop the explosive spread of infections.”

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