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Tokyo reports record daily spike in COVID cases amid Olympics

Suga urges people to cheer at home, dismissing the possibility of cancellation

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says she is asking hospitals to set aside more beds for COVID-19 patients as the Olympic host city grapples with spreading infections.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Daily COVID-19 cases in Tokyo on Tuesday hit a record high, with 2,848 new infections, in a sign of a growing outbreak even as the Olympics take place in the Japanese capital despite the state of emergency.

The surge in infections has prompted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to urge people to watch the Olympics Games on TV at home. "Delta variant is rapidly spreading," Suga warned on Tuesday. But Suga denied the possibility of canceling the Games.

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