Coronavirus infections in Tokyo continue to rise ahead of Olympics

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Coronavirus numbers continue to rise Tokyo three weeks ahead the start the Olympics, with 716 infections announced Saturday over the past 24 hours.

Broadcasters NHK quoted a city council as saying the number infections is rising steadily again and the majority the cases concern young people their 20.

Infections have been the rise again for the past fortnight compared to the previous week’ numbers, with the Saturday figure 182 more a week ago.

Tokyo and regions ended a state June 20 but a quasi state remains place at least until July 11.

The Olympics run July 23 to Aug. 8 amid fears they could become a super-spreader event, and a majority of Japanese oppose the staging of the in the current .

But , local organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have pledged safe amid a tight hygiene concept for everyone involved.

Up to 10,000 fans or 50 per cent venue capacity are to be allowed to attend events.

But it is also not out of the question the will be behind closed doors after all.

Foreign fans are not allowed in.