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• Record increase in Tokyo coronavirus cases puts total beyond 1,000

Tokyo now has 1,034 confirmed cases - more than double any other prefecture.

Yesterday's increase of 118 new cases had been the first time the daily rise was above 100.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has so far resisted calls to declare a state of emergency, but the rising number of cases is only making the calls for him to do so stronger.

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura and Satoshi Kamayachi, a member of the Japan Medical Association Executive Board who also acts as an expert on a Government panel, have both been quoted by Kyodo News advocating for a state of emergency to be brought in in the past week.

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