Tokyo Olympics: Organisers report 18 fresh cases of COVID-19, caseload climbs to 259

Tokyo Olympics: Organisers report 18 fresh cases of COVID-19, caseload climbs to 259 at Olympics village. Athletes are not allowed to go out
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Tokyo Olympics: Organisers report 18 fresh cases of COVID-19, caseload climbs to 259The Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday reported 18 new cases of coronavirus, taking the caseload to 259 since July 1 at Olympics village, as per China state-affiliated media. One of the patients from overseas has been hospitalized and is not in serious condition, it added.

Tokyo daily COVID-19 infections hit record high

Newly-reported COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, the metropolitan government said, exceeding 4,000 for the first time and overshadowing the Games.

Nationwide cases totalled 12,341 as of 6:30 p.m. local time, public broadcaster NHK said, the highest ever for Japan and up 15% on the day, underscoring a rapid rise in infections across the country.

The new records come a day after Japan decided to extend its state of emergency for Tokyo to the end of August and expand it to three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka in light of the recent spike in infections.

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Tokyo Olympics: Organisers report 18 fresh cases of COVID-19, caseload climbs to 259

Amid intensifying concerns, Olympics organisers said on Saturday they had revoked accreditation of a Games-related person or people for leaving the athletes’ village for sightseeing, a violation of measures imposed to hold the Olympics safely amid the pandemic.

The Residents of the athletes’ village are not allowed to go out for non-Games related purposes, such as sightseeing.

Earlier, two people attending the Tokyo Olympics from overseas were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga denied there was any link between the games and the simultaneous rise in cases in the country.

Tokyo Olympics: Organisers report 18 fresh cases of COVID-19, caseload climbs to 259

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(with Reuters inputs)