Tokyo confirmed 292 new coronavirus or COVID-19 cases on Sunday after the cases rose by over 400 in the last two days, the public broadcaster NHK mentioned, as the world continues to grapple with the deadly virus.

Governor Koike Yuriko said on Friday Tokyo could declare a state of emergency if the coronavirus situation in the Japanese capital deteriorates further, as debate deepened over how to respond to record increases in new infections.

COVID-19 in Tokyo

Peng Zhiyong (C), head of the department of critical care medicine of Zhongnan Hospital, performs diagnosis on a patient with his colleagues in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 24, 2020. Central China's Hubei province reported 105 new confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and seven new deaths on Thursday, the provincial health authorities announced Friday. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi/IANS) IANS

The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times infecting more than 17.8 million people worldwide and claimed the lives of over 685,000 people worldwide in more than 170 nations.

Scientists around the world are currently working at a war-like speed to find a cure for the virus. More than 100 vaccine candidates are currently at different stages of trials and a vaccine is expected by the first quarter of 2021.

(With agency inputs)