Tokyo has seen its highest daily jump in coronavirus cases so far after more than 130 people were infected, according to Japanese media reports.
The city’s authorities have strongly urged people to stay at home as the city of 13 million has seen a rise in the number of cases in recent days.
On a morning news programme on Sunday, Governor Yuriko Koike repeated her call to residents to avoid unnecessary outings, saying that “lives were at stake”.
She said “I think we’ve entered a new situation and a new stage… I want people to think anew about how to protect themselves, protect their families, and at the same time protect society,”
Japan has so far largely been spared the type of surge seen in Europe, the USand elsewhere, with some 3,000 cases and 73 deaths as of Friday.