Infection spreads in Shinjuku entertainment areas
NHK -- Apr 02
Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward officials say the coronavirus infection is spreading in Kabukicho and other entertainment and amusement districts in the ward.

Ward officials say the number of cases has been increasing in Shinjuku since late March, in line with the trend of a recent spike across all areas of Tokyo.

They say the number of cases of unknown routes in which infection cannot be traced is also growing.

The officials say the infection is spreading among employees at places, such as cabarets, where people eat and drink without much distancing. An increase in infections is also notable among those, such as barkers, who try to attract passersby.

They say the situation makes it difficult to trace infection routes.

Shinjuku Mayor Yoshizumi Kenichi says medical facilities that can accept infected people are becoming increasingly overwhelmed.

He is calling on people to refrain from going to spots open from the evening through the morning for non-essential purposes.

新型コロナウイルスの感染が拡大するなか、東京・新宿区の感染者の4分の1が歌舞伎町のキャバクラや風俗店など夜間営業の店の従業員であることが分かりました。  東京都は「接客を伴う飲食の場で感染を疑う事例が多発している」として入店を控えるよう呼び掛けていましたが、新宿区内で感染が確認された人のうち4分の1がキャバクラやホストクラブ、風俗店の従業員やスカウトだったことが分かりました。新宿区などによりますと、なかでも多くの感染者が確認されているのは歌舞伎町でした。ただ、こうした感染者は店に関係していることを隠したいなどの理由から調査に応じないケースもあり、感染源や濃厚接触者の特定が難航しています。
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