Tokyo reported a record 2,848 daily coronavirus infections. Tokyo is amidst a state of emergency that was declared on July 12. Last week, the first-ever postponed Olympics began without spectators.
The nationwide tally of daily infections climbed to 7,629, the most since Jan. 9 driven by the more contagious Delta variant of the virus and nearing its all-time high of about 8,000, with the number of new COVID-19 cases also rising rapidly in prefectures neighboring Tokyo such as Kanagawa and Chiba.
“We are maintaining a strong sense of caution as we work with local governments to curb infections," he said, adding that authorities are analyzing the movement of people during a four-day holiday in Japan from Thursday.
Public opinion is split over whether the Olympics, delayed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, should take place amid a global health crisis.
The Japanese government has imposed a fourth state of emergency in Tokyo from July 12 through Aug. 22, asking restaurants to stop serving alcohol and close early.
Of the 2,848 COVID-19 cases, 951 people in their 20s and 610 in their 30s tested positive, according to the metropolitan government.