Tokyo hit a new six-month high in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to The Associated Press (h / t ESPN), just one day before the Olympics start.
Tokyo returned 1,979 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest level since 2,044 were recorded on January 15. The city was placed in a state of emergency earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped cases from increasing.
The state of emergency is expected to last until August 22. The Olympics end on August 8.
Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the pandemic began.
This summer’s Games are expected to start on Friday, although several events have already started, including men’s and women’s soccer. Fans are excluded from all events due to COVID-19.
A recent poll conducted in Japan says that 80% of Japanese citizens are against the Olympics as of July 23. 43% of those citizens want the Games to be canceled, while 40% want another postponement.