The Japanese capital Tokyo recorded the highest spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the mega-metropolis, Thursday, as pandemic touches the 10 million-mark in East Asia.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the level of alert has been raised to the maximum, in a four-level alert system, as for the first time since the pandemic began, caseloads reached and topped 500 in Tokyo, Japan’s Kyodo News reported.
The city’s highest alert means “infections are spreading” compared to the previous level that said, “infections appear to be spreading”.
In Tokyo — the world’s largest metropolitan by population — broke the daily records for the second day straight. Earlier on Wednesday, Tokyo reported 493 new cases.
As per local media, the new cases surfaced after the Island-nation tested 8,600 people on November 16th.
Local government data showed people in their 20s had the most cases recorded, and it tended to go down as the age-group advanced. But the disparity isn’t very striking.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to practice restraint, saying: “I recognize that we are on the highest alert… I would like to ask everyone to have quiet dining. Experts say people should wear masks when they talk during meals.”
Meanwhile, national caseloads in the Land of Rising Sun has been mounting daily. On Wednesday, the national total crossed the 2000 mark.
Despite a worrying trend of virus surge, Tokyo’s so-called four-tier alert system is just a mere reflection of the situation of the pandemic in the city of more than 37.393 million residents.
There’s no government-mandated restrictions in businesses, no regulations for people gathering in the city, at least as of now.
As winter sets in, the recent trend is apparently in-line with what experts warned for earlier — infections could surge in the cold weather because people will spend more time indoors without enough ventilation.