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    <p>TOKYO, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Tokyo reported 816 new daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, a day after governors from the capital and neighboring prefectures called on the Japanese government to announce a state of emergency to combat a recent surge in cases.</p> <p>Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has resisted calls for 수원풀싸롱 a second national state of emergency; the government first introduced that measure in April during an earlier wave of the pandemic.

    Suga is scheduled to speak publicly on Jan. 4.</p> <p>Japan’s economy minister told reporters on Saturday the government needed to consult with health experts before deciding on a new declaration.</p> <p>As an interim measure, 수원풀싸롱 restaurants and karaoke parlors in the Tokyo area are being asked to close at 8 p.m., while businesses that serve alcohol should close at 7 p.m., he said.</p> <p>The previous state of emergency relied on voluntary business closings and travel restrictions rather than the sort of rigid lockdown measures seen elsewhere in the world.</p> <p>Tokyo raised its COVID-19 alert to its highest level on Dec.

    17. New infections in the capital hit a record 1,337 on Dec. 31.</p> <p>Japan’s health ministry said on Sunday there were 3,045 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus across the country.</p> <p>Since the start of the pandemic, Japan has reported more than 240,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 3,548 deaths, according to the health ministry.

    <b>(Reporting by Mari Saito. Editing by Gerry Doyle)</p></div></b>
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