Tokyo COVID-19 Virus Infections Hit New Record – Coronavirus Updates: NPR

Tokyo COVID-19 Virus Infections Hit New Record – Coronavirus Updates: NPR

Tokyo COVID-19 Virus Infections Hit New Record – Coronavirus Updates: NPR

People in Tokyo wear masks on May 7. Daily coronavirus infections in Japan’s capital have surpassed 4,000, almost four times more than a week ago.

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Tokyo COVID-19 Virus Infections Hit New Record – Coronavirus Updates: NPR

People in Tokyo wear masks on May 7. Daily coronavirus infections in Japan’s capital have surpassed 4,000, almost four times more than a week ago.

Yuichi Yamazaki / Getty Images

Records have been set almost every day in Tokyo lately, but not all have been achieved by athletes competing in the Olympics.

Japan’s capital has surpassed 4,000 coronavirus infections for the first time – 4,058 cases, to be exact. That’s a record, and nearly four times as many cases were reported just a week ago.

Tokyo sets new case records every day Monday through Wednesday, experiencing only a slight drop on Thursday, when they totaled 3,300, which is still one of the highest daily counts on record in the city.

Tokyo COVID-19 Virus Infections Hit New Record – Coronavirus Updates: NPR

Tokyo COVID-19 Virus Infections Hit New Record – Coronavirus Updates: NPR

Within the Olympic bubble, 21 game-related staff members tested positive on the final day, none of whom were athletes. Since July began, 241 people related to the Olympics have tested positive for coronavirus.

On Friday, Japan extended a state of emergency to areas around Tokyo and Osaka to combat the overwhelming surge of COVID-19. Tokyo’s state of emergency will last until the end of August. New COVID-19 cases have surpassed 10,000 for two days in a row, while officials continue to say that the Olympics have nothing to do with the increase.

Josie Fischels is an in-house member of the NPR news desk.

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