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Tokyo hit a new six-month high in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to The Associated Press (h/t ESPN), just one day before the Olympics begin.
Tokyo returned 1,979 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest since 2,044 was recorded on January 15. The city was placed under a state of emergency earlier this month, but that has not prevented the number of cases from rising.
The state of emergency is expected to last until August 22. The Olympics end on August 8.
Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
This summer’s Games are expected to start on Friday, although several events have already started, including men’s and women’s football. Fans are banned from all events due to COVID-19.
According to a recent poll in Japan, 80% of Japanese citizens are against the Olympic Games starting on July 23. Forty-three percent of those citizens want the Games to be cancelled, while 40% want another postponement.
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