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According to Reuters, Japan’s capital of Tokyo is at the center of a coronavirus outbreak with more cases than any other city after a record number in a single day, citing data from the NHK public broadcaster.
Tokyo reported 17 new cases on Tuesday, bringing its count to 171, and overtaking Hokkaido’s hard-hit northern island as the most infected prefecture.
In Japan the disease has affected 1,214 people, with 43 deaths related with the virus.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Monday that a citywide lockdown may become “the only option left” if various measures fail to prevent an explosive rise in the novel coronavirus in the capital.
“Cities around the world are in lockdown,” Koike said during a news conference Monday. “In Tokyo there is serious concern that clusters of infected individuals will lead to an explosive increase in the number of cases in the city. If that were to happen, we may have no choice but to impose strict isolation measures — a so-called lockdown — to prevent further spread.”