TOKYO – A record number of new Covid-19 infections were reported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Saturday, as health workers warned they were reaching “crisis levels.”
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 4,000 cases have been recorded in the host city of the Olympics, with 4,058 cases in 24 hours.
The unwanted record came a day after Japan extended its capital’s state of emergency until the end of August. It has also been extended to three of the prefectures near the city and in western Osaka prefecture after a recent spike in infections.
Municipal health centers have told Japanese public broadcaster NHK they are reaching “crisis levels” with the coronavirus investigations.
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Despite growing concern, large crowds were seen at various venues related to the Games. Olympics organizers also reported 21 new Games-related Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 241 since July 1.
The organizers also said they revoked the accreditation of one or more people linked to the Games for violating the measures, after leaving the athletes’ village for sightseeing. Residents of the village are not allowed to go outside for purposes unrelated to the Games.
It was the first time that accreditation had been revoked since the start of the Olympics on July 23. Without it, you cannot enter any facility.
Organizers have not disclosed whether the person (s) involved were athletes, when the violation took place and how many people had their credentials revoked.
“We have withdrawn the accreditation because we believe that going out of the Athletes’ Village for sightseeing is something that should not happen,” Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya said at a press conference. .
On Saturday, the Japanese Ministry of Health reported a total of 913,755 cases of Covid-19 across the country.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday that he did not see the Olympics contributing to an increase in infections, thanks to the strict measures taken by his government.