Tokyo Reports 292 Cases as Concerns Mount

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People wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk at a pedestrian crossing Friday, July 10, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — Confirmed coronavirus cases are hovering at near record levels in Japan, raising worries the pandemic may be growing more difficult to control.

The Tokyo government reported 292 new cases Sunday, about half in their 20s. Japan in total reported 1,540 cases on Saturday— the second straight day the number was above 1,500.

Nationwide cases for Sunday will be tallied at midnight. Numbers are usually fewer over the weekend because of fewer tests.

Japan has avoided a total lockdown, encouraging business activity while urging people to wear masks, social distance and work from home.