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Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

COVID-19 Outbreak Japan
Posted at 4:10 AM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 07:15:45-04

Tokyo has reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics.

The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138.

Nationwide, Japan reported more than 14,000 cases for a total of 970,000. Since the Olympics began on July 23, Johns Hopkins reports that the country has set daily records for new COVID-19 cases at least five times.

Tokyo has been under a state of emergency since mid-July, and four other areas have since been added. But the measures — basically a ban on alcohol in restaurants and bars and their shorter hours — are increasingly ignored by the public, which has become tired of restrictions.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has denied the Olympics has caused a rise in infections.

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