AdvertisementTokyo Olympics organisers on Wednesday reported 16 new Games-related COVID-19 cases, for a total of 169 since Jul 1. Olympic athletes, staff and media must follow strict rules including frequent testing."As a city resident myself and as an organiser, my heart hurts that case numbers are rising," Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya told a news conference.
He said strict measures were in place inside the"Olympic bubble". Many Japanese are worried about a spread of infections from Olympics participants.Suga said on Tuesday said that people were moving around less and urged them to stay home as much as possible and watch the Olympics on television. He said cancelling the Games was not an option.
READ: Olympics: Support for Japan's PM Suga slides as COVID-19 shadows Tokyo GamesBut senior opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Jun Azumi said the government was being overly optimistic in its assessment of the pandemic, which could make things worse later on. headtopics.com
"Unless it revises its view of the infection situation, after the Olympics end, there will be a serious national crisis affecting people's lives, beginning with a collapse of the medical system," the NHK public broadcaster quoted him as saying.
Japan has avoided the devastating outbreaks suffered by other countries such as India and the United States, but its fifth wave of the pandemic is straining hospitals."The risk of infection for individuals is the highest ever. It is affecting even ordinary medical care and ... is a severe situation," Koji Wada, a professor at Tokyo's International University of Health and Welfare and an adviser to the government, told NHK public television.
Unlike stricter steps in many countries, Tokyo's emergency measures rely mainly on asking restaurants that serve alcohol to close and others to shut down by 8pm. Read more: CNA »
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Tokyo COVID-19 cases top 3,000, record high for second straight day - media TOKYO (Reuters) -Daily COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo hit a record high for a second straight day on Wednesday, topping 3,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, local media reported, as the spike in infections puts pressure on hospitals. The sharp rise in cases may dampen domestic enthusiasm for the Games - taking place under unprecedented conditions, including a ban on spectators in most venues - despite a rush of medals for Japanese athletes. The surge may also spell trouble for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose support ratings are at their lowest since he took office last September, ahead of a general election this year.
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