Tokyo Olympics – Fresh Troubles: Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic for the first time ever Tokyo has crossed 10,000 coronavirus cases in a month. It has raised fresh question marks over the staging of next summer’s delayed Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Olympics is scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, followed by the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.
The bleak milestone underlines the severity of the situation in the Japanese capital as it grapples with a surge in cases – just seven months before it is due to stage the Games.
On Thursday (December 17), Tokyo reported a record 822 new cases in 24 hours as the city reached the fourth level of its COVID-19 alert system for the first time.
“Tokyo’s health care system is approaching capacity,” said Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in an interview with Japan Times.