Tokyo covid-19 at six months high


New coronavirus virus cases in Tokyo have reached a six-month high, a concerning indication little over a week before the city hosts the Olympics.
On Thursday (July 15), there were 1,308 new cases in the capital, the highest since January, when the city was struck by its greatest wave of infections, with a daily record of 2,520 new cases.
The surge comes as IOC President Thomas Bach visits Japan ahead of the July 23 opening ceremony, attempting to reassure locals that the IOC and local authorities are doing all possible to minimise public health concerns. The Olympics will be staged without spectators in Tokyo and other locations, including Fukushima and football games in Hokkaido, marking a first for the current Olympic movement, which began in the late 1800s.
Around 85% of the inhabitants in the Olympic Village will be vaccinated before they arrive in Japan, according to the IOC president, and nearly 100% of the IOC members and staff will be as well.
He also stated that the medal presentation ceremony would depart from tradition for the sake of safety. Rather than having medals placed around the athlete’s neck, the prizes will be given on a tray for them to take.
Even though vaccination rates have increased in Japan, the country still has the lowest inoculation rate among its Group of Seven counterparts. According to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University, around 19% of the Japanese population is completely vaccinated, much behind other G-7 countries such as the United States, which has roughly 49%.


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