Tokyo residents are in mourning after Japanese restaurants and bars closed for two weeks due to a coronavirus scare.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced on Wednesday that all businesses and bars in Tokyo, including restaurants and nightclubs, will reopen by the end of the week.
The government said it is considering issuing an official notice to the public, to notify them of the reopening of the affected establishments, and to inform them about how to prepare themselves for the risk of infection.
According to the TMG, the outbreak has spread to some 300 hotels, including hotels owned by companies owned by the Japanese government.
The hotels are currently under quarantine.
The Tokyo metropolitan government said that about 500 people, most of them Japanese citizens, have been admitted to hospitals in the city, while the rest have been hospitalized in private clinics.
The number of confirmed cases in Japan has fallen to about 4,300, from more than 6,000 the day before, TMG said.
The virus has spread rapidly in Japan.
At the height of the pandemic in 2010, the country had more than 50,000 confirmed cases, according to a study by the World Health Organization.
Since then, more than 200,000 people have been infected, the TMP said.
A total of 2,564 deaths have been reported, according the TMT, the most of any country in the world.
The Japanese government has warned of an increased risk of death and illness from coronaviruses such as EV-D68 and COVID-19.
The health ministry said the latest coronaviral outbreak will likely spread in Japan’s coastal regions, which contain a large number of residents from the metropolitan area of Tokyo.
It is the second coronavaccine outbreak in Tokyo since the end-March outbreak.
On March 28, a Japanese man died from the virus after contracting it at a shopping mall in central Tokyo.