Visitors walk through Nakamise Alley at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2020. (Photo: AP)

TOKYO: Japan reported 556 new cases on Saturday, pushing its total to over 10,000.

Nearly one-third of the cases come from Tokyo, where the daily surge has overburdened hospitals, triggering fears that the medical system will collapse.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week expanded his April 7 state of emergency in Tokyo and six urban prefectures to all of Japan.

In a news conference Friday, Abe expressed concern that people were not observing social distancing.

He announced a 100,000-yen ($930) cash handout to each resident as an incentive to stay home.

Meanwhile South Korea reported 18 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, its lowest daily jump since Feb. 20, continuing a downward trend.

Saturday’s figures brought the national totals to 10,653 cases and 232 virus-related deaths.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip called for vigilance to maintain the hard-won gains, raising concern over continuing infections at hospitals and local transmissions health workers are unable to trace.

Source: Daily Express
  • Date Sat, 18 Apr 2020
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