July 9, 2020 / 7:50 AM / a month ago

Japan will not reintroduce state of emergency as Tokyo coronavirus cases jump, government spokesman says

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a banquet for newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, hosted by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie, at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - There is no need to reintroduce a state of emergency, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday when asked about a record one-day rise in Tokyo coronavirus cases.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters there were 224 new cases of novel coronavirus infection in Tokyo on Thursday. That marked a new daily record in Japan’s capital since the crisis began.

About 80% of the new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday were among people in their 30s or younger, Suga said, adding that it was not possible to reduce infection risks to zero after the country’s lifting of a state of emergency in May.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Alex Richardson

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