New infections in Tokyo rose to a record high of 4,058, a day after Japan decided to expand emergencies.
Recently reported COVID-19 cases in the Olympic host city of Tokyo rose to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, surpassing the 4,000 mark for the first time and overshadowing the Summer Games.
Nationwide cases were 12,341 by 18:30 (09:30 GMT), public broadcaster NHK said, the highest for Japan and a 15 percent increase on the day, highlighting the rapid increase in infections across the country.
The new records come a day after Japan decided to extend state of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and western Osaka prefecture until the end of August in light of the recent rise in infections.
Emergency measures remain until after the Olympic Games and until the Paralympic Games, which start on 24 August.
Amid growing concern, organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday said they had withdrawn the accreditation of games-related people for leaving the athletes’ town to visit, a breach of measures to keep the Olympics safe amid the pandemic.
The organizers did not disclose how many people revoked their accreditation, whether they were athletes or when the violation occurred.
This is the first time that accreditation has been revoked since the start of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23. Without it, a person can not enter any Olympic facilities.
Residents of the athletes’ village may not go out for non-gaming purposes, such as visits.
Meanwhile, officials have warned that Tokyo’s daily infections could reach 4,500 within two weeks.
The government’s biggest coronavirus adviser has also warned against overloading the health system in light of the rapid increase in the number of infections and the spread of the Delta variant.
The Japanese government relies on the cooperation of the people. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has never been a harsh curfew in Japan.
The government has repeatedly encouraged citizens to stay home and watch the Olympic Games on TV. In addition, younger people have been called upon to be vaccinated against the virus, as most Japanese over 65 have already been vaccinated.
The country has kept its cases and deaths lower than many other countries, but the rolling average of seven days is growing and now stands at 28 per 100,000 people nationwide and 88 per 100,000 in Tokyo, according to the Ministry of Health.
That compares with 18.5 in the United States, 48 in Britain and 2.8 in India, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.