Tokyo reports 3,177 new COVID-19 cases, a daily record

Tokyo reports 3,177 new COVID-19 cases, a daily record

Tokyo on Wednesday reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases, 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 previous record of 2,848 set the previous day and brought the total for the Japanese capital to 206,745 since the pandemic began early last year.

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. Experts say Tokyo’s surge is being propelled by the new, more contagious Delta variant of the virus.

The 16 are nine contractors, four Games-related officials, two media members and a volunteer, the organisers said. None of them were staying at the athletes’ village and 12 of them are residents of 

The organisers said 38,484 people from foreign countries had entered Japan for the Games as of Monday.

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