Tokyo confirms 54 new COVID-19 cases as Yokohama reports more than 20

Tokyo confirmed 54 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, recording more than 50 cases for the fifth straight day, local media reported, while neighboring Yokohama saw more than 20 cases.

The figure for Yokohama was the highest daily figure since April 23, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is overseeing counter measures for the coronavirus in the central government, are set to meet later in the day to discuss the current COVID-19 situation in the capital, which has seen a rise of daily confirmed cases over the past month.

Local media also said that the Tokyo government will introduce its new monitoring criteria later Tuesday to alert Tokyoites of a possible second wave of infections.

Tokyo saw 58, 60 and 57 infections on Monday, Sunday and Saturday, respectively. Many of those are of workers at night-time entertainment establishments, such as host clubs and hostess bars.

Koike has said the recent rise in infections are mainly the product of increased testing, especially for workers in the night-time entertainment industry.

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