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Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases, record daily increase

Total reaches 430, the most of any prefecture in Japan

A woman wearing a face mask walks down a nearly empty street in Tokyo on March 29, after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike urged residents to stay indoors this weekend to keep the coronavirus from spreading.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- At least 68 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Tokyo on Sunday, its biggest daily increase, a metropolitan government official said, as the capital struggles with a recent surge in the number of cases.    

The figure followed 63 reported on Saturday and 40 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in Tokyo to 430, the largest among Japan's 47 prefectures.    

Of the increase on Sunday, 27 cases were from Eiju General Hospital in Taito Ward, taking the total there to 96, with authorities suspecting in-hospital infections.    

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has asked nearly 14 million residents to stay indoors this weekend to prevent a spread of the virus, while prefectures surrounding the city also responded by requesting that people refrain from traveling to the capital on Saturday and Sunday.    

Tokyo was facing an "important phase in preventing an explosive rise in the number of infections," Koike told a press conference on Friday.

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