The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Tokyo surpassed 3,000 for the first time, as several surrounding regions examine the possibility of imposing emergency restrictions to contain the rise in infections.
Tokyo, under a state of emergency due to coronavirus during the Olympic Games, reported 3,117 cases. Governor Yuriko Koike urged the population to avoid unnecessary and non-urgent departures.
The vaccination program started slowly in Japan, where just over 25% of the population has received both doses.
“I want young people to be vaccinated. Youth behavior is essential. I ask you to please cooperate,” Koike said.
The pandemic in Japan has caused far fewer deaths (about 15,000) than in other countries despite avoiding strict confinements.
The current state of emergency in Tokyo restricts the opening hours of bars and restaurants and prohibits them from selling alcohol. Experts warn of a relaxation in its compliance and an increase in cases among young people.
The number of cases is also rising elsewhere. Three regions surrounding Tokyo – Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa – are considering emergency measures.
Meanwhile, fears persist that the Olympic Games will generate infections despite the fact that participants are subjected to restrictions, such as frequent tests and limitations in their movements.
A total of 124,358 tests of Olympic athletes and their teams carried out this month revealed only 22 confirmed positive cases, according to the organizers of Tokyo 2020. The figure does not include tests at airports.