Sports news | Before the Tokyo Olympics, the highest cases since May

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Tokyo, July 7 (AP) Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases, the highest since mid-May, two weeks before the Olympics.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with key ministers to discuss measures against the coronavirus.

Suga took note of the upswing in Tokyo and vowed to “do everything possible to prevent the further spread of the infection”.

Suga says he will make a final decision on restoring the state of emergency on Thursday after consulting a panel of experts.

A state of emergency in Tokyo just before the July 23rd Games would mean Olympic officials abandon plans to have local spectators or lower capacity at the venues.

Dr. Shigeru Omi, a senior government medical advisor, urged authorities to take tough action quickly before the Olympics and summer vacation when many people tend to be more active.

“The July to September period is the most critical time for Japan’s COVID-19 measures,” he says.

Only 15 percent of the Japanese were fully vaccinated. Japan has reported about 810,000 cases and nearly 14,900 deaths. AP

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