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INTERVIEW: Nishimura Alarmed by Virus Resurgence in Tokyo

INTERVIEW: Nishimura Alarmed by Virus Resurgence in Tokyo

   Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)--Economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura on Tuesday voiced concern over the resurgence of novel coronavirus infection cases in Tokyo, calling for extra vigilance during dining out and attending drinking parties.
   "I'm worried that infection is spreading due to people eating out and having drinking parties. Each and every one of us needs to take thorough steps against infection," Nishimura, who is in charge of the government's measures in response to the outbreak, said in an interview with Jiji Press.
   He reiterated the importance of continuing efforts to avoid the three Cs of closed, crowded and close-contact settings to reduce infection risks. Infections are "becoming a big wave," he warned, adding, "We need to address the situation with a sense of crisis."
   Nishimura also expressed his intention to get more employees of nightlife establishments with hospitality services, such as so-called host clubs, to undergo polymerase chain reaction tests for the virus.
   PCR tests will be accelerated for employees of such establishments in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures--Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa--through cooperation with their operators, Nishimura said. Such places are suspected to be hot spots of infection.

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