Japan’s capital Tokyo registered 290 new infections this Saturday, which, according to local authorities, increases the total number of people infected in the city to 9,223.
The number of infected remains only three of the records on Friday, but exceeds 286 on Thursday and is part of an upward trend that began roughly shortly after the state of emergency was lifted across the country in late May.
Given this situation, the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, decided last Wednesday to raise the medical alarm to the highest level, and urged the city’s 14 million residents not to undertake insignificant trips to another prefecture in the country.
Given the situation in the capital, the Japanese government was forced to exclude Tokyo from its summer tourism plans, the Minister of Transport and Tourism Akaba Kazuyoshi said on Friday. Thus, Tokyo will be outside the usual discounts for travel within the country.