By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Japan reported a single-day record of 25,876 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 5,405 cases in Tokyo.

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With the recent surge in infections in Japan, they have been struggling to secure hospital beds. In Tokyo alone, 63 percent of coronavirus patients staying at home in the capital were denied hospitalization despite their worsening conditions.

This is because paramedics could not find hospitals that could admit patients, and in many cases public healthcare officials determined that home recuperation should be continued.

In addition, the number of children infected with the coronavirus in the Japanese capital has increased sharply, from generally less than 100 per day in early July to 856 on Aug. 19.

This has prompted Japan’s governors urged the central government on Friday to consider imposing a lockdown to better contain a spike in COVID-19 cases, calling the current measures “ineffective” in fighting the highly contagious delta variant rapidly spreading across the country.

But Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed doubt over the effectiveness of those steps. How to restrict people’s movements is also an issue, as the latest state of emergency appears to have lost its impact on public behavior.