Tokyo reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in two months
Tokyo reported a total of 950 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily number since May 7.
The big picture: The world is closely watching Japan's case count, as the summer Olympics are due to begin in Tokyo on July 23. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo following a surge in cases, which will begin on Monday until August 22. Restaurants and bars will be required to suspend alcohol sales during that time.
- Japan's Olympics minister announced this week the Olympics will be held without spectators.
By the numbers: Tokyo has reported a total of 181,024 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,253 deaths, according to government data.
- The new infections recorded today increased from last Friday's total of 716, "rising week-on-week for the 21st consecutive day," the Japan Times writes.