Tokyo Reports Highest Daily COVID-19 Cases Amid the Olympics

Tokyo reported its highest daily record of COVID-19 cases on July 28, surpassing 3,000 for the first time.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the Olympic host city recorded 3,177 new cases in a single day, bringing the city-wide total to 206,749 since the pandemic began.

The city’s highest daily record came a day after it reported 2,848 cases, which surpassed the previous record of 2,520 cases last Jan. 7.

Since the Olympics began last week, Tokyo has been reporting all-time highs as the highly contagious Delta variant fuels the fifth wave of the pandemic, placing pressure on hospitals in the city.

Last week, Tokyo reported 1,832 COVID-19 cases.

Tokyo remains in its fourth state of emergency, however, the restrictions in the Japanese capital mainly rely on urging residents to avoid non-essential outings and asking restaurants and bars to close early.

The emergency state is expected to last through the Olympics, in which spectators are banned from watching in most venues.

Tokyo also reported six new COVID-19 deaths.

Three of Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures also reported their highest daily COVID-19 cases — Kanagawa with 1,051, Saitama with 870, and Chiba with 577.

“The situation with infections is extremely serious. We’re facing a critical moment,” Kanagawa Governor Kuroiwa Yuji said, as quoted by Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Nationwide, the number of new COVID-19 cases surpassed over 9,000 for the first time — another  highest record.

According to numbers gathered by NHK, Japan recorded 9,576 new cases on July 28, bringing the cumulative total to 893,340.

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