The prefectural governments of Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa all revealed plans to ask the Japanese national government to extend the current state of emergency in Tokyo to their prefectures, in light of record high daily case counts of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All three prefectures are neighbors of Tokyo.
Saitama recorded a record high of 593 new cases on Tuesday. Chiba recorded its record high of 509 new cases on Monday, and 405 new cases on Tuesday. Kanagawa recorded 758 new cases on Tuesday. Tokyo itself set a record high of 2,848 new cases on Tuesday, eclipsing the previous 2,520 on January 7.
Tokyo’s current fourth state of emergency is slated to last from July 12 to August 22.
The Tokyo Olympics held its opening ceremony on Friday, although some sports began their competitions last Wednesday, and some competitions are in prefectures outside Tokyo….