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Central Japan castle lit up as coronavirus infection warning

Hamamatsu Castle is seen lit up in yellow to warn residents about the novel coronavirus in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on July 28, 2020. (Mainichi/Koichi Fukuzawa)

HAMAMATSU -- The government of this central Japan city has begun to light up its symbolic Hamamatsu Castle in yellow to warn people about the spread of the novel coronavirus, after two infection clusters were identified downtown.

    The special alert illumination began on the night of July 28, and the Hamamatsu Municipal Government will continue it every day from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. until the number of daily new cases sinks below five for two straight weeks.

    The municipality has announced nine new local cases on both July 29 and 30, bringing the total number of infections in the city to 114.

    (Japanese original by Koichi Fukuzawa, Hamamatsu Bureau)

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