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Tokyo issues first coronavirus alert amid infection flare-up

Capital confirms 34 new cases, many linked to bars, as schools and stores reopen

Shibuya's most famous intersection fills with pedstrian traffic after Tokyo's state of emergency is lifted. (Photo by Nobuyoshi Shioda)

TOKYO -- New coronavirus cases in Japan's capital surged past 30 on Tuesday, one day after schools, shopping malls and gyms were allowed to reopen, prompting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to issue its first alert under a new warning system.

While the alert does not immediately reverse the recent easing of restrictions on businesses and public activity, it does call on Tokyoites to avoid unnecessary trips outdoors as a preventive measure.

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