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Tokyo Olympics Covid cases top 100 before opening ceremony

Published 23 Jul,2021 via Bloomberg News Service (Global Editions) - Japan’s Olympics organizers reported a record number of new daily coronavirus infections linked to the games, bringing the total to 110 just hours before the opening ceremony is scheduled to start in a nearly empty stadium in Tokyo.

Nineteen new Covid-19 cases connected to the event were reported on Friday, the highest daily figure since organizers started disclosing the data this month. The tally included three athletes, one of whom is residing in the Olympic Village.

While the total amount of infections is small compared with the number of athletes and staff involved -- tens of thousands of people are expected to travel to the Olympics -- the cases add to public concern the event that could trigger more infections.

Tokyo is grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases that prompted the government to declare a fourth state of emergency in the capital earlier this month.

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