Japan reports 1,580 new virus cases, hits daily record
Kyodo -- Aug 08
Japan confirmed a record 1,597 new coronavirus infections on Friday, as cases continue to mount throughout the country, particularly in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka.

With Japan's Bon holiday season beginning next week, there is concern that the movement of people will further spread the virus.

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 462 new cases of coronavirus infection, just short of the daily record of 472 cases confirmed in the capital late last week.

The single-day figure pushed Tokyo's cumulative total to 15,107. The capital of nearly 14 million residents has the highest number of infections in the country, which has seen more than 44,000 cases.

The daily figures reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions.

To mitigate the risk of the virus spreading, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has requested residents to refrain from traveling during the holiday.

The metropolitan government has raised its alert for the pandemic to the highest of four levels, meaning "infections are spreading."

Tokyo has requested karaoke venues and establishments serving alcohol close by 10 p.m., which came into effect on Monday and will continue through the end of August.

7日に全国で確認された新型コロナウイルスの感染者数は、午後9時45分現在で1600人と、これまでで最も多い人数となりました。東京都では過去3番目に多い462人、大阪府では255人と2日連続で過去最多の感染者数を更新し、沖縄県では初めて100人に達しました。 こうしたなか、政府は7日の閣議で、新型コロナウイルス対策として予備費から1兆1257億円の支出を決定しました。予備費は総額で11兆5000億円が計上されていて、国会承認なしに政府が使い道を決められます。 立憲民主党・蓮舫副代表:「(政府の資料は)3行。これで1兆1257億円を使うのを了解してくれと言われて、さすがにあぜんとしました」 野党は、集中審議を開催し、安倍総理が直接説明することを求めています。 立憲民主党・蓮舫副代表:「引きこもっておられるのは、隠れておられるのは、自分が言いたいことだけを一方的にお話しになられるんであれば、別に総理である必要はないと思います」 自治体からも今、政府に対して不満の声が上がっています。 長野県・阿部守一知事:「国としてのメッセージが弱い。分科会ではなく政府として、しっかりした方針・メッセージを出すことが重要だと思っている」 沖縄県・玉城デニー知事:「国は国として、都道府県や市町村がしっかり権限を持って行動していくための法律・指針・財源の裏付けをしっかり言うべき。指針もなく、法律も現在のままで、財源の裏付けも不安定であっては、我々のやり方も中途半端になりかねない」

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