Tokyo urges residents to avoid ‘non-essential’ outings

26 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

TOKYO: Tokyo’s governor on Wednesday urged residents to avoid non-essential outings and asked businesses serving alcohol to shut early as Japan battles record coronavirus infections, reports AFP.

The country has seen a comparatively small outbreak overall, with just over 2,000 deaths and 135,400 confirmed cases, and has not imposed the strict lockdowns seen elsewhere.

But it is now battling a third wave of the respiratory disease, reporting record numbers of daily infections nationwide in recent days.

“We’d like to ask Tokyo residents, if they can, to refrain from non-essential outings as much as possible to prevent further spread of infection,” Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters.

She also encouraged Tokyoites to work from home.