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Coronavirus

Nightlife drives Tokyo's new coronavirus surge

Experts urge intense screening at hot spots as untraceable cases rise

Workers in Shinjuku's Kabukicho nightlife district account for a large portion of those who tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's apparent success in containing the coronavirus has come into question after two straight days of over 100 new infections in Tokyo that were largely attributed to nightlife establishments where patrons and workers come into close contact.

The capital reported 124 new cases on Friday, the highest tally since the country's state of emergency ended in late May. Patients skewed young, with people in their 20s and 30s accounting for 80% of the total. And 48 were detected in the Shinjuku area, where bars and clubs are concentrated. 

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