Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Tokyo ahead of Olympics opening on Friday
Tokyo hit a new six-month record of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to The Associated Press (h / t ESPN), just one day before the start of the Olympics.
Tokyo returned 1,979 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest since 2,044 cases recorded on January 15. The city was placed in a state of emergency earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped the increase in cases.
The state of emergency is expected to last until August 22. The Olympics end on August 8.
Japan has reported around 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
This summer’s Games are scheduled to start on Friday, although several events have already started including men’s and women’s soccer. Fans are excluded from all events due to COVID-19.
A recent poll conducted in Japan indicates that 80% of Japanese citizens are against the Olympics as of July 23. Forty-three percent of these citizens want the Games canceled, while 40% want another postponement.