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Tokyo governor asks bars, restaurants to shut early amid Covid-19 spike

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike attends a news conference, amid the Covid-19 outbreak, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 24, 2020.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike attends a news conference, amid the Covid-19 outbreak, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 24, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/ ISSEI KATO

Bars and restaurants in Japan's capital of Tokyo will be asked to close early in a bid to halt coronavirus infections, Governor Yuriko Koike said on Wednesday.

Businesses would be asked to close by 10 p.m. from Saturday until Dec. 17 and will eligible for cash assistance from the government, Koike said, urging people to stay home as much as possible.

The number of new virus patients in Tokyo has surged above 500 for several days with serious cases at 51, the highest since a state of emergency was lifted in May. There were 401 new cases reported in the capital on Wednesday.


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