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Tokyo new COVID-19 cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

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TOKYO - Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games.Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan.

15.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is determined to hold the Olympics, placed Tokyo under a state of emergency on July 12, but daily cases have sharply increased since then.The emergency measures, which largely involve a ban on alcohol sales and shorter hours for restaurants and bars, are to last until Aug.

22, after the Olympics end on Aug. 8.Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the pandemic began, most of them this year.

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