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World Tokyo Sets New Daily COVID Record After Cases More Than Doubled in First Week of Olympics

07:05  01 august  2021
07:05  01 august  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Tokyo set a new daily record for COVID -19 cases on Saturday, after infections more than doubled during the first week of the city hosting the summer Olympic Games. On Saturday, city officials said at least 4,058 people tested positive for COVID -19, marking the highest its been since the pandemic first began. Only 1,359 cases were recorded in the city when the Games first started on July 31, a number that has nearly increased three-fold in just over one week . Now that cases continue to set new daily records , local health authorities reportedly anticipate virus case tallies to peak in first week of

Tokyo reported 2,848 new COVID -19 cases , exceeding its earlier record of 2,520 daily cases on Jan. Tokyo reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time days after the start of the Olympics . Tokyo has been under a fourth state of emergency since July 12 ahead of the Olympics , which began last Friday despite widespread public opposition and concern that they could further worsen the outbreak.

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Tokyo set a new daily record for COVID-19 cases on Saturday, after infections more than doubled during the first week of the city hosting the summer Olympic Games.

On Saturday, city officials said at least 4,058 people tested positive for COVID-19, marking the highest its been since the pandemic first began. The new record comes just days after Tokyo reported a 229 percent rise on its daily case count during the first week of the Olympics.

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TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time days after the start of the Olympics . The new cases exceeded the earlier record of 2,848 set the previous day and brought the total for the Japanese capital to 206 TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 's 2,848 COVID -19 infections on Tuesday were the Olympic host city's highest since the pandemic began, officials said, as media reported that authorities had asked hospitals to prepare more beds for patients as the Delta variant drives the surge. The rise in cases threatens to

TOKYO — A record number of new Covid -19 infections was reported by Tokyo 's metropolitan government Saturday, as health workers warned they were reaching "crisis levels." For the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 4,000 cases were recorded in the Olympics host city The unwanted record came a day after Japan extended its state of emergency for its capital to the end of August. It was also expanded in three of prefectures near the city and the western prefecture of Osaka after a recent spike in infections. Municipal health centers told Japan's public broadcaster NHK

To prevent the virus from spreading across the Games, Olympic athletes and staff members are getting tested for the coronavirus every day. On Saturday, 21 people working at the Olympics, but no athletes, tested positive for the virus. In total, there have been 241 positive tests reported within the Games, 23 of which were athletes, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this week, Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), described the Games as the "most tested community almost anywhere in the world," and said that there is no evidence to suggest that athletes or anyone from the Olympics have spread the virus to the general public in Tokyo, The New York Times reported.

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Newly reported COVID -19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, exceeding the 4,000-mark for the first time and overshadowing the Summer Games. Nationwide cases totalled 12,341 as of 6:30pm (09:30 GMT), public broadcaster NHK said, the highest for Japan The new records come a day after Japan decided to extend states of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka to the end of August in light of the recent spike in infections. Emergency measures will remain until after the Olympics and well

Japan’s capital city of Tokyo reported 4,058 Covid -19 cases on Saturday, the highest ever since the beginning of pandemic, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government data. Another 21 Covid -19 cases linked to the Olympics have been identified in Japan, authorities there All the new cases were either Games staff or contractors, not athletes. The first week of Tokyo 2020 has finished.

Nonetheless, COVID-19 cases in the host city have not stopped rising despite government restrictions and a lack of spectators allowed inside the Olympic venues. Only 1,359 cases were recorded in the city when the Games first started on July 31, a number that has nearly increased three-fold in just over one week.

Now that cases continue to set new daily records, local health authorities reportedly anticipate virus case tallies to peak in first week of August, before the Games are set to end on August 8.


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The Games have long been a controversial topic, as critics have said that Tokyo should cancel or postpone the event as virus cases continue to rise around the world. On opening day, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets to protest the games, accusing Tokyo of being "greedy" and "selfish" for hosting the event at this time.

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In Tokyo today, 3,300 new cases of COVID -19 were reported, down from the record 3,865 cases yesterday, but still nearly double last Friday’s number of new cases . The testing rate remains steady at around 10,000 people per day as it has since February, only spiking to around 15,000 tests at the start of the week . Japan as a whole announced a record 10,743 new cases today, the second day ever to breach 10,000 new COVID -19 cases since the pandemic began. Suga has vowed to try and get 40% of the population of Japan vaccinated by the end of August, though inoculations have slowed in Japan

TOKYO — The number of COVID -19 cases reported in Tokyo totaled 4,058 people, a daily record , city hall said Saturday, fanning worries as Japan’s capital plays host to the Olympic Games. Critics have long said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, as tens of thousands of athletes, corporate Twenty- one people working at the Olympics tested positive Saturday, none of them athletes. The Games have had 241 positive tests so far, 23 of them athletes. Japan has had more than 15,000 deaths related to COVID -19. Daily reported cases also reached records in Saitama, Chiba

But last week, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga dismissed the possibility of canceling the Olympics halfway through as a response to the rising case count, which has largely been linked to the more infectious Delta variant first detected in India last year.

"The flow of people is decreasing. There's no worry," Suga told reporters following a meeting with cabinet officials on the day, according to Japan's Jiji Press. The prime minister urged the public to remain at home where possible.

"More people in their 40s and 50s are being hospitalized, and the Delta strain is spreading quickly," Kyodo News quoted Suga as saying. "We are maintaining a strong sense of caution as we work with local governments to curb infections," he added.

In total, Japan has recorded more than 915,000 COVID-19 cases and 15,000 deaths since the pandemic began. Only about one-quarter of the country's more than 120 million population is fully vaccinated.

According to the AP, daily reported cases on Saturday also reached records in areas neighboring Tokyo, including the Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures.

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Newsweek contacted the Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

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