Japan reported a record high of over 186,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with Tokyo recording over 31,000 new cases amid the seventh wave of infections linked to the BA.5 Omicron subvariant.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno ruled out the possibility of imposing movement restrictions but called for the “need to watch the impact on the medical system with maximum caution.”
However, the tourism and restaurant industries expressed fears that the new wave of infections could further harm businesses already suffering from previous waves.
Health officials confirmed Wednesday that the number of positive cases with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 15, while the nationwide figure was 189.
According to Health Minister Shigeyuki Goto, the surge in cases “could increase the number of patients with severe symptoms and affect the health care system as it may cause group infections in facilities, with many high-risk people such as hospitals and nursing homes.”
Other prefectures that recorded over 10,000 cases were Osaka with more than 22,000 cases, Aichi with a little over 13,300, and Fukuoka with 10,752.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus-related deaths nationwide was 47.
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