Tokyo reported 463 new Covid-19 infections Friday, a new single-day high for Japan’s capital for the second day in a row, according to Gov. Yuriko Koike.
Although many of the new cases were people in their 20s and 30s, Koike said the outbreak was starting to spread to older citizens in their 60s.
“We cannot waste a moment’s time,” she said.
Koike said Tokyo was considering issuing its own version of a state of emergency in the future if warranted.
Tokyo recorded a total of 6,466 cases in July — a more than six-fold increase from the previous month.
Tumbling markets: Tokyo stocks slumped in afternoon trading as cities around Japan continued to report new cases. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index shed 2.5% to trade below 21,800 points for the first time since June 15.
New infections nationwide have exceeded 1,000 for the past two days, prompting the Tokyo government to ask bars and karaoke parlors to close by 10 p.m. from August 3 to August 31.
Despite the resurgence in cases, the national government has resisted reinstating a state of emergency.
“At this point, we do not believe it is necessary to reissue a state of emergency and completely reduce economic activities,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said at a news conference on Friday.