The figure published this Thursday, the highest since mid-January, comes a day before the opening ceremony of the Olympic fair in Tokyo
TOKYO – Tokyo authorities recorded 1,979 new cases of COVID-19 this Thursday, the eve of the inauguration of the Olympic Games from the capital, and a figure that reached its highest level in more than six months.
The increase in cases in recent days has generated concern among health experts, who they fear that sports competition could become a super propagating event of highly contagious variants, such as delta, which already accounts for a significant percentage of new Tokyo and globally.
Today’s figure, the highest since mid-January, is recorded one day before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, which will take place without an audience due to the restrictions in force in the capital due to the pandemic, and that will have just 950 VIP attendees and linked to the organizers.
To these figures are added the 12 new cases detected in the “bubble” of the Games, which are published separately. The total number of cases linked to the organization since this month amounts to 87.
Health experts have long warned that, at the current rate, the figure could exceed 2,000 by the designated date of the Olympic opening and exceed 2,500 in August.