Tokyo area extends shorter business hours over virus rebound worries

Kyodo -- Mar 24
Tokyo and nearby prefectures decided Wednesday to extend their requests for businesses to shorten operating hours until next month as part of efforts to curb the risk of a rebound of the novel coronavirus in the metropolitan area.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the governors of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures agreed in an online meeting to continue asking establishments such as restaurants to close by 9 p.m. until April 21, while vowing to work together to stem the resurgence of infections.

They will also keep asking food service operators to stop serving alcohol by 8 p.m.

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday confirmed 420 new infections, hitting the 400-level for the first time in a week.

The number of daily infections in Tokyo has been slightly trending upward since mid-March, with the rolling seven-day average of new cases persisting high at around 300. The three other prefectures have also seen their daily cases at three-digit figures multiple times in the past week. - Kyodo

新型コロナウイルスの感染対策を巡り、1都3県の知事によるテレビ会議が24日午後に始まりました。  会議では来月以降の感染対策をどうするかが話し合われます。  1都3県は緊急事態宣言が解除された後、今月31日までを「段階的緩和期間」と位置付けて飲食店などに午後9時までに閉店するよう要請しています。  さらに1都3県はリバウンドを防ぐために要請の期限を来月21日まで延ばす方向で調整を進めてきました。  要請の対象は1都3県の全域で、応じた店舗には一日あたり4万円が支給されます。  1都3県で足並みをそろえて正式に発表する見通しです。 - ANNnewsCH