Tokyo Coronavirus Cases Hit Triple Digits Again

Tokyo coronavirus cases hit triple digits again

The Tokyo metropolitan government says the number of new coronavirus cases has topped 100 for the second straight day -- sparking concerns that the capital may be on the precipice of another wave.

The number of virus cases has been steadily growing in Tokyo. One-hundred-seven were reported on Thursday and more than 120 on Friday -- the highest daily tally since a national state of emergency was lifted in late May and business activities began to resume.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said, "The number of seriously ill patients is decreasing. Analyzing other data on the infection, the situation does not meet the standard for the government to immediately declare a state of emergency again."

The government attributes the rise in part to people who either work at or visit nighttime entertainment spots, such as host or hostess bars. It is urging employees and customers to get tested.

Over 19,000 cases have been confirmed across Japan as of Thursday. The death toll stands at 990.