21st July 2021 – (Tokyo) Tokyo reported 1,832 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily spike since Jan. 16, surging by nearly 700 and topping the figure a week ago for the 32nd consecutive day, with 4,192 new cases nationwide until 5.27pm local time, local media reported Wednesday.
Wednesday’s total soared from the 1,149 cases reported a week before. Daily cases in the capital averaged 1,277.6 in the seven-day period to Wednesday, compared with 823.3 a week before. It was also the highest number the capital has ever reported on a Wednesday.
The figure of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria increased by four to 64 from a day earlier. The capital also reported four more deaths linked to COVID-19.
Experts said Japan will probably be experiencing a fifth wave of infections with new cases climbing ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
Health experts alarmed Wednesday of a likely “critical” COVID-19 situation in Tokyo, as they calculated that cases could soar even higher in early August during the Olympics.
The experts, advising the Tokyo metropolitan government, said the weekly changing average of new cases in the capital could rise to 2,600 per day as of 3rd August if the virus keeps spreading at the current speed, which would become a worse scenario than in the third wave that swept across Tokyo in the winter.