Nikkei and Sankei reported that following the confirmation of 22 new COVID-19 cases over five consecutive days, the municipal government of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, has decided to close some 43 public facilities. The municipality is alarmed by the growing prospect of a “second wave” following a lapse in new cases for 23 days until May 22. Eight people reportedly tested positive on Wednesday alone. As the city authorities are particularly concerned that they have not been able to pinpoint the routes of infection for most of the cases, the GOJ dispatched a team of experts tasked with containing clusters through contact tracing. The rate of new cases there was 2.3 per 100,000 in the preceding week, exceeding the GOJ-set criterion of less than 0.5.