Since July 1, 174 infections have been detected among the tens of thousands of participants in the Olympic Games, 17 of them athletes, according to the latest data provided by the organization
TOKYO – Tokyo accounted for 3,177 new cases of COVID-19, a new daily record for the city that is scored just one day after the previous one and while the Olympic Games.
This new record follows the 2,848 infections registered on Tuesday and more than a thousand cases are higher than those registered a week ago, which suggests that the rapid spread of the virus has not stopped despite the fact that the territory declared a state of emergency with certain restrictions to try to contain it .
The infections of those over 65 years of age, among whom vaccination has been prioritized, have decreased dramatically, but severe or moderate cases among unvaccinated young people are increasing, according to the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko koike, in statements collected by the public chain NHK.
Infections are on the rise not only in the capital, but also in the surrounding prefectures. Today’s figure for the province of Kanagawa was 1,051 – the first time it exceeded 1,000 a day – and there have also been increases in Saitama Y Chiba.
These three prefectures, which host competitions of the Olympic Games, are considering asking the Government to include them in the state of emergency in force until August 22 in Tokyo.
The increase in cases, caused by the spread of more contagious variants, especially the delta, has raised concerns about hospital pressure, where it is feared that patient admissions will increase even more.
This increasing pressure on the medical system has led to an increase in the number of infected people who are resting or receiving treatment at home. On July 21, the number exceeded 10,000 for the first time, and only in Tokyo the figure has doubled from the previous week and almost sixfold from two weeks ago, according to figures collected by NHK.
Regarding the cases of COVID-19 linked to Games, Since last July 1, 174 infections have been detected among the tens of thousands of participants, 17 of them athletes, according to the latest data provided by the organization.