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Tokyo keeps restaurants open despite record daily COVID cases

Governor Koike urges mask use, small groups for short meals of about one hour

Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks Nov. 19 at a news conference on Tokyo's response to the rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Tokyo is opting to keep restaurants open during the festive season despite recording record numbers of COVID infections. Instead, the Japanese capital is urging diners to take preventive measures such as wearing masks during a meal when talking.

"I want [Tokyo residents] to take thorough countermeasures when eating out in groups," Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said at a news conference on Thursday.

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