SAPPORO — Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido saw 230 new cases of the coronavirus on Nov. 14, its third-highest daily tally to date.
It was the third day in a row that the number of cases in Hokkaido surpassed 200, and the 10th day in a row of 100-plus new cases. It has been a week since the prefectural government requested that specified restaurants shorten their business hours to control the spread of the virus, but the spread of infections has shown no signs of abating.
On Nov. 7, the prefectural government asked the operators of restaurants with hostess or host services in the Susukino nightlife district in the prefectural capital of Sapporo to refrain from operating between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and for all other eateries and bars to stop serving alcohol during those hours. The prefectural government also raised its own 5-stage alert level to stage 3.
Daily coronavirus infections in Hokkaido peaked at 236 on Nov. 12. Another 235 cases were recorded on Nov. 13.