Coronavirus infections boom in Tokyo while the Olympics are underway. In the last 24 hours, 2,848 new cases have been registered. Thus, the total number of people in Tokyo who have contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic rises to over 200,000. With new cases soaring to unprecedented levels, residents of the capital are at greater risk of contracting the infection now than at any time since the start of the pandemic, said Koji Wada, professor of public health at the International University. of Health and Welfare and a member of the Ministry of Health’s Coronavirus Advisory Committee. “Still, people go out, shop and hang out with friends as if the city isn’t in a state of emergency,” Wada told the Japan Times. “Public officials in Tokyo and across the country need to speak more clearly, but the message doesn’t come because of the Olympics.”
Health experts have warned the metropolitan administration that at this rate it could reach a peak on August 3, while the Olympic Games are still underway. The state of emergency imposed on Tokyo for the pandemic lasts until August 22, while the Olympics will end on August 8.
The number of patients with severe symptoms in Tokyo is steadily growing, reaching 78 on Monday, up from 60 the week before. The figure may seem low compared to when it crossed 150 at the end of January, but the bed occupancy rate for patients with severe symptoms in the capital was 56.2% as of Saturday, above the 50% that the central government believes it to be Phase 4 – the highest point on a four-level scale – calling on the prefecture to take immediate action to prevent the collapse of the health system.
The Tokyo Games officially kicked off on Friday amid concerns and criticism for their safety. Almost all viewers were banned from attending the competitive events in person to prevent the virus from spreading among fans. On Sunday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike met for an hour at the Prime Minister’s office to exchange views on the Games and the virus situation. “We have to impose more effective measures,” Koike told reporters after the meeting. “We also exchanged views on how to restore people’s lives by preventing the spread of infections. We also agreed that the Tokyo Olympics are going very well. “
New cases are increasing in the capital’s neighboring prefectures, with 560 in Kanagawa, 449 in Saitama and 509 in Chiba on Monday. Officials also reported 116 in Okinawa prefecture and 137 in Hokkaido, with the latter hosting Olympic marathons and other competitions.