People wearing face mask walk on a street in Tokyo on Tuesday. AP
Tokyo has reported daily coronavirus cases hit a record high of 2,848 on Tuesday as infection spreads in the Olympic host city.
The Japanese capital and Olympic host city Tokyo is on track to report a record number of coronavirus cases, days after the Olympics began, exceeding the earlier record of 2,520 cases from Jan. 7.
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Tokyo, which remains under a state of emergency, is set to report more than 3,000 new cases on Tuesday, Japanese media said, in line with warnings by health experts that seasonal factors, increased mobility, and the spread of variants would lead to a rebound in COVID-19 this summer.
A Japanese broadcaster said on Tuesday that in light of the surge in cases, hospitals in the Tokyo area were told to consider pushing back planned surgery and scaling down other treatments.
A mother and her child wearing protective covering walk in Tokyo on Tuesday. AP
Meanwhile, Olympic organisers remained on alert to monitor the impact from a tropical storm off Japan's east coast, while those competitors unaffected by the weather got their competitions off to a flying start.
It brings Tokyo’s total to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began last year.
Tokyo is under its fourth state of emergency that will last through the Olympics and into the Paralympics next month.
Experts have warned the more contagious delta variant could cause a surge during the Olympics, which started Friday.
Nippon Television reported that the cases in Tokyo city hit a record high near 4,000 on Thursday as two people attending the Tokyo Olympics from overseas have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to hold a news conference at 6pm (0900 GMT) when he is expected to announce the lifting of the emergency in 39 of Japan's 47 prefectures, but not in Tokyo.
Anyone wanting to support athletes has been told to clap rather than cheer or sing. Sponsors are cancelling or scaling back booths and events tied to the Games, frustrated by the "very last-minute" decisions by organisers, sources said.
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