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Tokyo witnesses coronavirus record at Olympics midpoint

Published:Saturday | July 31, 2021 | 2:48 PM
Face-masked people through the main train station in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, July 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Kantaro Komiya)

TOKYO — The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Tokyo reached a daily record 4,058 at the mid-point of the Olympics, according to city hall on Saturday.

Critics have long said the Olympics should be cancelled or postponed as tens of thousands of athletes, corporate sponsors and media gather from around the world.

Athletes are getting tested for the coronavirus every day. Twenty-one people working at the Olympics tested positive Saturday, none of them athletes.

The Games have had 241 positive tests so far, 23 of them athletes.

Japan has had more than 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19. Daily reported cases also reached records in Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, neighbouring Tokyo

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