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Tokyo reports 714 new COVID-19 cases, hits worst level on government scale 

  • July 1, 2021
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All national dailies reported on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announcement that 714 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Tokyo on Wednesday. This was the first time for Tokyo’s new daily cases to exceed 700 since May 26. Tokyo’s seven-day rolling average for the rate of infection per 100,000 people was 25.6, exceeding the 25 mark and hitting Stage 4, the worst level on the government’s four-point scale. The seven-day rolling average of infections per day in Tokyo came to 508.4, topping the 500 mark and also hitting Stage 4. According to Yomiuri, experts expressed at a Health Ministry advisory board meeting on Wednesday their strong concern over a resurgence of infection in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures and warned that measures to prevent the spread of infections beyond Tokyo must be implemented thoroughly. Asahi wrote that there is a growing view within the GOJ that it will be difficult for the government to lift the current quasi-state of emergency for the Tokyo metropolitan area on July 11 as scheduled.  

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