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COVID cases at 6-month high in Tokyo before Olympics

The main dining hall is seen during a press tour of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village, June 20, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
The main dining hall is seen during a press tour of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village, June 20, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Daily coronavirus cases in Tokyo have surged above 1,300 for a six-month high, just one week before the Olympics.

There are concerns a dramatic increase could flood hospitals during the Olympics, which start on July 23.

Tokyo is under a fourth state of emergency. It began Monday and requires restaurants and bars to close early and not serve alcohol through the Olympics, which end in early August.

The tally today is the highest since 1,485 were recorded on January 21, when Japan was under an earlier state of emergency. It’s an increase from 1,149 cases on Wednesday.

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