Tokyo reports 1,410 new coronavirus cases, highest in nearly 6 months
Written by tokyoclub on July 17, 2021
The Tokyo metropolitan government reported on Saturday 1,410 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in nearly six months and topping 1,000 for the fourth straight day, as the capital prepares for the opening of the Tokyo Olympics next week.
The figure in the capital, which is currently under a fourth COVID-19 state of emergency amid a resurgence of infections, follows 1,271 cases announced Friday and is the largest since Jan. 21 when 1,485 new infections were reported.
New infections in Tokyo rose from a week earlier for the 28th consecutive day and the seven-day rolling average of new cases per day topped the 1,000 mark at 1,012, up 40.5 percent from the previous week, according to data from the Tokyo government.
With the Olympics opening ceremony set to take place on Friday, public concerns remain high that the games could become a superspreader event with the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, first found in India.
Health experts advising the metropolitan government said earlier in the week that the moving average could jump to 2,406 by Aug. 11, shortly after the Olympics end on Aug. 8.