Olympics Covid outbreak fears as Japan sees cases skyrocket 20% last week – .

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Fears are growing over a Covid outbreak during the Summer Olympics, with Japan seeing cases increase by 20% over the past week and officials warning that a healthcare crisis is “highly possible ”.

The country recorded 4,204 new infections on Friday – an increase from 785 on the same day the previous week, which saw 3,419 reported cases, according to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Infections are also on the rise in Tokyo, with an average daily seven-day test positivity rate up 42%, according to data from the capital’s metropolitan government.

Referring to the numbers, the authority said it was “very possible” that the healthcare system was facing a crisis, calling for a “robust plan and system” amid the increased spread of the Delta variant.

Only 23 percent of the Japanese population are fully immunized. Meanwhile, in Britain 69.5% of adults have received both jabs, according to UK government data through July 22.

Experts fear the Games, which started yesterday in Tokyo, will accelerate the already rising number of cases in the city and across the country.

The country recorded 4,204 new infections on Friday – an increase from 785 on the same day the previous week, which saw 3,419 reported cases, according to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

In a statement, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, “The rapid increase in confirmed cases makes it very possible that the health care system is facing a crisis.

“There is an urgent need for the robust plan and system to be put in place in case the high-risk group rate of severe Covid19 increases as the spread of the Delta variant increases. “

He added: “The increased rate of confirmed cases has been increasing since June.

“The infection can spread faster and the number of confirmed cases can far exceed that of the third wave within two weeks if the Delta variant and others become much more dominant and the rate of increase increases further. ”

The 2021 Summer Olympics were delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic but, even as the Games opened on Friday without spectators and intense precautions for athletes, Covid concerns were far from over. .

The opening match of the women’s beach volleyball tournament was canceled on Saturday due to the coronavirus.

People walk Saturday on Takeshita shopping street in Tokyo, Japan. Despite drastic restrictions on athletes and delegations participating in the Tokyo Olympics, life goes on with a degree of relative normalcy outside the quarantine bubble

People walk on a crowded shopping street in Tokyo, Japan on July 24.  Only 23% of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated.  Meanwhile, in Britain 69.5% of adults have received both jabs, according to UK government data through July 22.

People walk on a crowded shopping street in Tokyo, Japan on July 24. Only 23% of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, in Britain 69.5% of adults have received both jabs, according to UK government data through July 22.

People film and photograph an animated billboard in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday afternoon

People film and photograph an animated billboard in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday afternoon

And on July 8, the city declared a state of emergency due to the increase in Covid cases.

Czech Republic star Marketa Nausch-Slukova tested positive earlier this week, forcing her and partner Barbora Hermannova to withdraw from the competition and give their Japanese opponents a 2-0 victory.

So far, six members of the Czech Olympic team have tested positive and the country’s Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into a charter flight bringing athletes back to Tokyo.

Slukova, who finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympics, and Hermannova are the 16th ranked pair in the world.

Czech Republic star Marketa Nausch-Slukova tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week

Czech Republic star Marketa Nausch-Slukova tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week

Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games on Friday at the city's Olympic Stadium on Friday

Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games on Friday at the city’s Olympic Stadium on Friday

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka poses with torch in hand after lighting the Olympic flame at Friday's ceremony

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka poses with torch in hand after lighting the Olympic flame at Friday’s ceremony

Slukova’s husband and coach Simon Nausch and beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic have also tested positive.

Olympics organizers confirmed on Saturday that another athlete at the Tokyo Games tested positive for Covid-19.

Olympics-related cases increased by 17, organizers said, bringing the total number of disclosed cases to 123.

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