Tokyo sees record Covid cases as Olympics nears final days

Tokyo sees record Covid cases as Olympics nears final days
# 04 August 2021 16:55 (UTC +04:00)

Japan's capital has recorded 4,166 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, despite a state of emergency that's in place while Tokyo hosts the Olympic games, APA reports citing BBC.

Tokyo's seven-day rolling average of infections also rose to a record 3,478.7 per day - up 78% from the previous week.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, together with Olympics organisers, has said there is no link between the Olympics and the sharp increase in cases.

But medical experts have said that hosting the Games has sent a confusing message about the need to stay home and contributed to the rise in cases.

In a major policy shift, to ease the burden on front-line health services, the government has announced that hospitals will only be admitting those with severe Covid infections - or those with an increased risk of severe illness. Others suffering from the virus will be told to recuperate at home.

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