Japan reported 1,649 new Covid-19 cases Thursday, the highest single-day number of cases in the nation. But Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the current situation still does not require the reintroduction of a state of emergency or the cancellation of the government's campaign to boost domestic tourism.
An expert panel advising Suga said part of the reason the country is not declaring a state of emergency yet is because the virus is not spreading particularly fast and hospitals are not that full.
Hospital bed occupancy is just above 10% and the rate of new infections is fewer than five people for every 100,000.
"The upward trend of new coronavirus infection is becoming apparent, especially in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi," Suga told reporters on Friday at the Prime Minister's residence. "I understand experts do not think the current situation requires a state of emergency or a review of the ‘Go To’ campaign."
The country’s northernmost prefecture and island, Hokkaido, saw the highest number of new infections at 236 cases for Thursday. Tokyo posted 393 new cases on Thursday, the Japanese capital's highest since August 8, while Japan’s second biggest city, Osaka, reported 231 new infections.
The nationwide total stands at 114,010 cases.