People walked across the street near Shibuya station on Thursday when a big screen displaying news of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Japan for the day hit a record high.
Tokyo confirmed 374 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the city government said, topping 300 cases for three consecutive days.
The number for Friday is based on 6,136 tests. The capital’s cumulative total number of cases is 34,144, with the number of critically ill patients 39.
Of the Friday total, people in their 20s were the most recent group, at 100, followed by those in their 30s, at 66 and those in their 50s, at 60.
The day before, the number of newly confirmed coronavirus infections nationwide marked a record high of 1,661 people, eclipsing the previous high of 1,605 recorded on Aug. 7.
New cases hit record daily highs in Hokkaido, in 236, Kanagawa Prefecture, in 147, Hyogo Prefecture, in 81 and Ibaraki Prefecture, at 26. The country’s cumulative deaths from coronavirus increased by 10 1,886, with new deaths reported in Tokyo and prefectures including Hokkaido and Miyagi.
“The number of newly confirmed cases is increasing markedly, so we have a strong sense of crisis,” said economic recovery minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of the government’s coronavirus response. a press conference.
According to Jiji Press statistics, 236 new cases in Hokkaido include 164 cases in its capital Sapporo, which is the city’s record daily high. In Sapporo, new infection clusters were confirmed at a city middle school and a vocational school. Hokkaido also confirmed the first infection on a remote island, at a restaurant on Rishiri Island.
The number of new daily coronavirus infections in Hokkaido for the first time exceeded 100 on November 5 and reached 200 on Monday. It stood above 100 for eight consecutive days until Thursday.
“If the current situation continues for a week, the local health system could collapse,” Harumichi Matsuka, head of the Sapporo Medical Association, warned at a press conference.