All national papers on Sunday reported that 131 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Tokyo on Saturday, marking a record high since the state of emergency was lifted. Governor Koike called on residents to refrain from taking nonessential trips to other prefectures as the number of cases is increasing in Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures. The governor also reportedly asked residents to continue teleworking. According to Nikkei, out of the 131 people who tested positive on Saturday, 101 were in their teens to 30s, and the routes of infection were unknown for 46 cases, or about 30%. The paper wrote that the number of cases is increasing in nightlife districts, such as Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, adding that 62 cases were linked to such districts.
The number of new cases confirmed in Tokyo on Sunday amounted to 111, exceeding 100 for the fourth consecutive day, with 73 of the new cases being people in their 20s or 30s. Some 40%, or 46, of the new patients were either workers or customers of nightclubs. Almost 50 new cases were also confirmed yesterday in Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba. The national tally on Sunday was 208. The corresponding figures for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were 196, 250, and 274, respectively.
Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura reportedly told the press on Saturday that since there are enough beds available for COVID-19 patients, “the situation does not warrant immediately issuing a state of emergency.” Nishimura reportedly confirmed this with Governor Koike prior to the press conference. The paper said Prime Minister Abe also met with Nishimura and agreed that there is no need to issue a state of emergency at this point. Koike reportedly told the press on Saturday that the increase in the number of cases is the result of aggressive testing mainly in nightlife districts conducted by Shinjuku and Toshima wards.
According to Monday’s Asahi, Nishimura said on a Sunday talk show that the GOJ plans to go ahead with the planned relaxation on July 10 of the current regulations on concerts, professional baseball games, and other types of public events. Organizers will reportedly be allowed to fill venues up to 50% of their capacity, with a maximum of 5,000 spectators.