Tokyo Reports 143 New Cases On Tuesday

Tokyo reports 143 new cases on Tuesday

Tokyo officials confirmed 143 new infections in the capital on Tuesday. The increase brings the total number of confirmed cases to nearly 8,200 in the city of 14 million people.

The daily tally had topped 200 four days in a row through Sunday. Many of the recent cases are young people who work at or have visited nightlife districts.

Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister, Nishimura Yasutoshi said, "The number of infected people is increasing considerably. We have to deal with the situation with a sense of crisis."

Nishimura is in charge of the government's coronavirus response.

He says officials and experts will discuss if night clubs that don't act in accordance with anti-virus guidelines should be asked to close.

More than 22,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Japan. Nearly 1,000 people have died.