2021-01-31 12:37:57 UTC
Tokyo saw nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases in January, more than double the previous monthly record infections in December, according to figures released by the metropolitan government on Sunday.
The figure reflected the sharp rise in infections before Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in the capital and surrounding prefectures on Jan. 7, urging people to stay home and asking restaurants and bars to close early.
People wearing face masks walk in front of JR Tokyo Station on Jan. 27, 2021. The capital is under a coronavirus state of emergency with global virus cases topping 100 million. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The metropolitan government on Sunday reported 633 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo, bringing the total for January to 39,664 and the cumulative tally to 99,841. The January figure compares with 19,245 for December.