On Thursday, Japanese officials raised concern as Tokyo reports a third consecutive day of record-high COVID-19 cases. The Olympics are well underway, while the capital logged 3,865 new infections Thursday. Yesterday, there were 3,177 new cases, and a week ago before the Olympics, there was less than half the amount.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters “We have never experienced the expansion of the infection on this magnitude.” He added that the cases are not just in Tokyo but spreading across the country as well. Japan confirmed more than 9,500 cases on Wednesday in the entire country, setting a record high.
The country had kept its case counts lower than many other countries up until now. According to the Health Ministry, the seven-day rolling average is now at 28 per 100,000 people in the country and 88 per 100,000 in Tokyo. The United States has an average of 18.5 per 100,000, using data from Johns Hopkins University.
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