[CBC뉴스] 일본의 치어리더들이 7일 COVID-19 전염병으로 도쿄가 또 다른 비상사태로 치닫고 있는 가운데 도쿄 기차역 밖에서 통근자들을 위해 치어리딩 공연을 펼쳐 화제다.
Japanese cheerleaders danced and cheered on commuters outside a Tokyo rail station on Thursday (January 7) in a bid to lift spirits with the capital heading into another state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Let's go, fight!" the four-member squad, all volunteers, shouted out to passers-by, with their protective face shields fogging up in the chilly Tokyo morning as they waved gold pom poms.
Head cheerleader Kumi Asazuma said the group had been performing for more than 10 years to help energise morning commuters, but their mission had taken on new meaning during the pandemic. Cheerleaders from her group generally perform Thursdays in Tokyo and Fridays in neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture, but they will likely have to perform remotely during the upcoming state of emergency which begins on Friday (January 8), posting videos on social media, she added.
About a dozen people stopped to take smartphone photos and videos while others watched as they filtered out from the station towards their offices.
Though still less seriously affected by the pandemic than many countries around the world, Japan saw new daily infections top 6,000 for the first time on Wednesday (January 6), according to public broadcaster NHK, led by 1,591 positive tests in the capital, Tokyo.
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