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Tokyo recorded the largest number of new cases of the novel coronavirus in nearly six months on Wednesday, and the Olympics are set to open in the capital in just nine days.
The city government said there were 1,149 new cases of infection, the highest daily toll since Jan. 22, adding to evidence that a fifth wave of infections is underway, driven by more types of infectious virus and a low vaccination rate.
Amid the spike in cases, the government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures last week, and Olympic organizers announced that fans would not be allowed at events in those areas.
“Once there is a growing trend, it is too late,” said Haruka Sakamoto, a physician and researcher at Keio University in Tokyo.
Health experts have warned that seasonal factors, increased mobility and the spread of variables will lead to a rebound this summer.
An update from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website stated that the number of people The number of patients in the hospital reached 2023, Including 54 people with what the site described as “severe” symptoms. According to the site, the provision of non-Covid healthcare is currently “under pressure”.
Infectious disease expert Kenji Shibuya, who now directs vaccination efforts in rural Fukushima Prefecture, said a resurgence is “quite expected” given the spread of the delta-contagious type and the government’s decision to lift the previous state of emergency on June 20.
-From Reuters, last updated at 2:40pm ET
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Canada has reported 1,421,679 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,889 considered active. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has reached 26,457. More than 43.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to a CBC News count.
at Quebec On Wednesday, health officials reported any new deaths and 75 additional COVID-19 cases.
Across the North on Wednesday, no new cases were reported Nunavut. Health officials in Northwest Territories And the Yukon No updated information has been provided for today.
Ontario On Wednesday, it reported 153 cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths. The county, which is still seeing cases in some long-term care homes, also announced changes around entry to long-term care homes on Wednesday.
According to an update, the county is raising COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated visitors, caregivers and employees in long-term care homes starting Friday — provided they are not showing any symptoms. New guidelines from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health also recommend that vaccinated people be completely exempted from routine testing.
In Atlantic Canada, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia or new bronze Wednesday. There were no new cases in Newfoundland and Labrador Either, but officials have reported three cases recorded aboard a ship moored in Conception Bay, NL
Prince Edward Island He did not provide updated information as of Wednesday afternoon.
in the prairie provinces, Manitoba It reported 53 new infections Wednesday, but no additional deaths.
Saskatchewan On Tuesday, there were no additional deaths and 27 new cases of COVID-19, while Alberta Health officials reported three additional deaths Tuesday and 35 new cases of COVID-19.
Across the north, no new cases have been reported in Northwest Territories or Nunavut Tuesday. Yukon, which has been dealing with a rising number of cases, saw four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
British Columbia Health officials recorded no new deaths and 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
–From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 2:25 p.m. ET
What is happening around the world
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 188 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported, according to a tool from the United States. Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus data collected from countries around the world. The reported death toll was more than four million.
The World Health Organization reported a rise in the number of deaths last week after nine consecutive weeks of decline. More than 55,000 deaths were recorded, a three percent increase from the previous week. Cases increased last week by 10 percent to nearly three million.
The World Health Organization says more transmissible versions of the virus could emerge, and “in combination with relaxation and inappropriate use of public health and social measures and increased social mobility and mixing”, many countries will see higher cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
In the AmericasEl Salvador’s Congress voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose a 90-day ban on sporting events, concerts, festivals and other mass gatherings due to an increase in coronavirus cases. Face masks will be mandatory at any public event that is still permitted. Fines and closures will be assessed against any venue or organizer violating the ban.
Guatemala has declared a “state of ban” for the entire country, limiting outdoor meetings and public demonstrations, after a spike in cases last week.
In the Asia Pacific South Korea has confirmed 1,615 new COVID-19 patients, a new domestic record for daily cases, as authorities struggle to curb a resurgence of the virus that has put its capital region under the toughest distance rules. The newly reported cases on Wednesday brought the country’s total to 171,911 with 2,048 deaths.
Malaysia announced new measures to support its faltering public health system as the country saw a record daily rise in coronavirus cases.
Indonesia has seen a record number of more than 54,000 cases of the new coronavirus, surpassing the latest daily infections in India. Officials fear that the more transmissible type of delta will spread from the islands of Java and Bali.
In the Middle east, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his country is able to beat the highly contagious delta type of coronavirus without a national lockdown. He told reporters on Wednesday that lockdown is a “last resort”, but that it depends on people complying with the new rules for wearing masks indoors.
at Africa, Tunisia is struggling to contain its worst outbreak ever, with the virus hitting Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, while Morocco plans to send 100 intensive care beds and a similar number of ventilators to help tackle the crisis.
at EuropeRussia reported 786 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, the highest confirmed one-day number since the pandemic began, and 23,827 new cases of infection nationwide.
The country is facing a rise in cases that authorities have blamed on the more contagious type of delta and the slow rate of vaccinations.
Dozens of French police used tear gas to disperse a protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to require a certificate of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test to enter bars, restaurants and cinemas from next month. Macron this week announced sweeping measures to combat the rapid rise in new coronavirus infections.
–From Reuters and The Associated Press, last updated at 2:35 p.m. ET
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