Tokyo has reported its highest one-day increase of Covid cases on record as athletes compete in the postponed 2020 Olympics. The capital of Japan reported 2,848 new coronavirus cases today – more than double last week’s figures. The record tally of cases comes on just day four of the games, which is set to last until Sunday, August 8 – another 13 days.
Today’s record high surpasses the previous record of 2,520 cases reported on January 7, at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.
Tuesday’s figure marked the eighth straight day of over 1,000 cases being reported.
On Monday, the capital reported 1,429 new cases, almost double last week’s figure and the most ever for a Monday.
The country is struggling to keep on top of fresh infections as thousands of athletes and officials attend the Olympics.
Tokyo has asked hospitals to prepare more beds for Covid-19 patients in response to the sharp rise in infections.
Officials aim to raise the number of beds to 6,406 by early next month from the current capacity of 5,967, according to braodcaster TBS.
Hospitals have been asked to push back planned surgery and scale down other treatments to make space for new Covid patients.
So far just over 36 percent of the Japanese population have been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Our World In Data.
However, despite the strict quarantine rules and ban on spectators, 155 cases have emerged involving athletes and others.
Several athletes have had to withdrawn from the Games after testing positive, including golfers Bryson Dechambeau and Jon Rahm.
Frequent testing is being carried out and masks are mandatory in most situations.
The International Olympic Committee has warned athletes to stop hugging on the Olympic podium after all 12 swimmers from Australia, Canada and the US 4x100m relay team embraced.