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47 coronavirus cases confirmed in Tokyo, biggest rise in single day

People wearing masks are seen outside enjoying the view of cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo's Taito Ward, on March 26, 2020, after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike called for residents of the capital to stay home over the coming weekend. (Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Forty-seven more coronavirus infections were confirmed in Tokyo on Thursday, the biggest number for a single day, a metropolitan government official said.

    A surge in the number of cases has prompted the capital to ask Tokyoites to stay at home this weekend, sparking fears it may follow other major cities in the world in imposing a lockdown to contain the virus.

    The latest figure topped the previous single-day record for Tokyo just marked Wednesday when it announced 41 cases.

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