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For this week’s news, Tokyo a record 822 daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, further raising concerns over the strain on the medical system!
Daily COVID High Record in Tokyo at 800 New Cases on Thursday
Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials confirmed more than 800 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. It’s the highest daily tally, surpassing Wednesday’s record of 678.
Snow Chaos Across Wide Parts of Japan
Governors Ask Bars, Restaurants to Slash Hours Going into 2021
More bad news is on the way for businesses hoping for a more prosperous year-end and New Year holiday season to help rebound from a dismal 2020.
Battling the third wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, many prefectural governors will extend their requests for bars and eateries that serve alcoholic beverages to shorten business hours for up to several more weeks, extending into 2021. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, after announcing the extension of the restriction period from Dec. 17 to Jan. 11, said she felt “extremely guilty about the business operators,”
Japan Core Consumer Prices Fall at Fasstest Pace in 10 Years
New Year Bullet Train Bookings Fall to Record Low
Reservations for Shinkansen bullet trains for the year-end and New Year holidays have fallen to a record low due to the spread of the coronavirus in Japan. Japan Railway group companies announced the figures for reservations made as of Wednesday for the period from December 25 to January 5.
The rate of reservations for the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines is 14 percent each, and the rate for the Kyushu Shinkansen line is 16.6 percent. The group’s overall reservation rate stands at about 15 percent, with the number of reserved seats at about 1.62 million. This is the lowest since the JR group began announcing reservations for the year-end and New Year holiday season in 1997.
JR officials say they hope more people will use bullet trains, as they are being ventilated and disinfected as part of anti-infection measures
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