TOKYO (REUTERS) – Tokyo had a record 493 cases of infection every day on Wednesday (November 18), with local media reporting that the Japanese capital was preparing to raise the alert level for infections from four stages to the highest.
Within the movement, the metropolitan government is considering asking some businesses to shorten their hours again on paper, citing numerous unnamed sources.
The announcement will be made on Thursday, Nikkei said.
Tokyo authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tokyo lowered its alert level to a secondary level on Sept. 10 after the number of daily infections dropped from a summer peak of more than 400 cases.
Since the beginning of this month, however, daily infections have been on an upward trend, reaching a three-month high of 393 cases last week.
So far the record was 472, successful on August 1st.
The highest level of alert indicates that “infections are spreading” and “less serious infections” are spreading.
Still, Japan is far from the critical number of infections and deaths seen in many Western countries, with 121,000 positive cases and 1,920 deaths so far.
The tests are also much smaller, a few thousand a day in Tokyo, a city of 14 million people.
Nikkei said the capital will maintain a second level of alert for medical training, indicating the need to increase capacity, but conditions are not yet tight.
According to the city’s website, there are currently 1,281 patients hospitalized with Covid-19 as opposed to having 2,640 beds.