Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has urged residents in the city to avoid making “non-essential outings” this weekend as the city reported an increase in its number of novel coronavirus cases.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Koike said it is now a “critical moment” to stop the infection rate from climbing. Tokyo residents are advised to work from home as much as possible, avoid social contacts and crowded places and refrain from going out at night to reduce the risk.
Event organizers should also refrain from holding large events, she said.
As of Wednesday evening local time, Tokyo reported 41 new cases of novel coronavirus, according to Koike.