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Two days before the Olympics opening ceremony, Tokyo is reporting new cases of COVID-19 at levels not seen since January – when Japan suffered a record peak in coronavirus infections.
The 1,832 new cases represent a large increase from last Wednesday, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 1,149 cases.
“There is a high risk of a resurgence of the virus,” the Tokyo government said in a bulletin released on Wednesday. He added that the workload has put Tokyo’s healthcare system under pressure, in terms of providing non-COVID-related care.
Tokyo and other Japanese regions are already operating under a state of emergency – a condition that will persist throughout the Summer Olympics. The opening ceremony of the Games is scheduled for Friday and the competitions will run until August 8.
Ahead of the opening ceremony, major tournament sports such as Olympic softball and football kicked off their first rounds of group play on Wednesday.
Coronavirus cases have been increasing in Tokyo since June. Health officials say they are very concerned that things are about to get worse.
“If the rate of increase increases further, in less than two weeks we will be facing a critical situation with the number of infections far exceeding that of the third wave,” the government said. “There is an urgent need to prepare crisis management systems for hospital care, as well as designated hotels for recovery and recovery at home. “
Nationally, Japan’s health ministry reported 3,743 new cases on Wednesday.
Japan has avoided the massive spike in COVID-19 cases some countries saw last spring. But it has suffered two big spikes since then, at the start of the new year as well as in the weeks from April to May. In Tokyo and across the country, authorities reported the highest number of new cases in early January.