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Japan cities quiet for 2nd weekend as governors urge staying home

As coronavirus cases top 3,000, many forego seasonal cherry blossom viewing

Tokyo's upscale Ginza shopping district drew few people on April 4, with big department stores such as Mitsukoshi and Matsuya closed. (Photo by Karina Noka)

TOKYO -- Tokyo, Osaka and other large cities in Japan were bereft of the usual crowds this weekend as governors asked people to stay home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The number of confirmed infections has jumped in recent days, with 343 new cases on Friday. That brought the number of people known to be infected with the virus in Japan to 3,039. Friday was the first time that there have been more than 300 new cases in a single day.

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