Tokyo reported on Friday 389 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest figure in about one week, with urban and tourist areas in Japan continuing to see a relatively large number of infections during the peak of the summer holiday season.
The single-day figure, compared with 206 reported Thursday, topped the 300-mark for the first time since Sunday. It is the highest since Saturday, when the metropolitan government confirmed 429 more cases of the virus.
The high number of cases is believed to reflect a rise in the number of people who were tested after the three-day holiday through Monday.
The daily figures reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions.
To prevent the spread of the virus, Gov. Yuriko Koike has urged Tokyoites to avoid traveling or returning to their hometowns during the holidays.
She has also requested that establishments serving alcohol and karaoke venues close by 10 p.m. through the end of August.