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People wearing face masks on July 27 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

Tokyo's Metropolitan Government reported at least 2,848 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the Japanese city's highest case count since the pandemic began, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Rising coronavirus cases — largely driven by the highly contagious Delta variant — come as hundreds of athletes, staffers, officials and members of the media have descended on Olympic host city Tokyo for the year-delayed Games.

  • Many Japanese people opposed hosting the Olympics amid the pandemic. About 31% said Monday that the Games should be canceled or postponed again, per a July 23–25 Nikkei business daily survey.
  • At least 160 new COVID-19 cases were reportedly linked to the Games as of Tuesday, according to Tokyo 2020 organizers cited by CNN.

Driving the news: The number of severe COVID-19 cases in Tokyo roughly doubled on Monday, hitting 78.

  • As of Sunday, just 20.8% of Tokyo's 12,635 COVID-19 patients were able to obtain hospital treatment, per Reuters. The city's fourth state of emergency has been issued, which will run through at least the end of the Olympics.

What they're saying: "Refrain from going out unnecessarily, and I want you to watch the Olympics and Paralympics on TV," Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said after a meeting with ministers overseeing the coronavirus response.

  • "As we have seen a decline in the flow of the people, there is no such option," Suga said when asked whether it would be possible to cancel the Olympics at this point, per Reuters.

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Sep 10, 2021 - Health

CDC: Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19

A man receiving his second dose in Gurugram, India. Photo: Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

Unvaccinated people were about 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with the disease, a new study from the CDC released on Friday found.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has now ramped up efforts to control the virus as cases and hospitalizations largely driven by the Delta variant surge nationwide.

Updated Sep 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: CDC director maintains Pfizer booster recommendation for high-risk workers — CDC director approves Pfizer boosters, adds eligibility for high-risk workers — FDA approves Pfizer boosters for high-risk individuals, people 65 and up.
  2. Health: America's mismatched COVID fears — Some experts see signs of hope as cases fall — WHO: Nearly 1 in 4 Afghan COVID hospitals shut after Taliban takeover — D.C. goes further than area counties with vaccine mandates.
  3. Politics: Bolsonaro isolating after health minister tests positive at UN summit — United Airlines says 97% of U.S. employees fully vaccinated — Mormon Church to mandate masks in temples.
  4. Education: Health care workers and teachers caught up in booster confusion — Asymptomatic Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine — Education Department investigating Texas mask mandate ban.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Tina Reed, author of Vitals
Sep 10, 2021 - Health

A 9/11 every two days

Doctor Delkhah Shahin checks on a 34-year-old, unvaccinated COVID-19 patient at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California on September 2, 2021. Photo: Apu GOMES/AFP-Getty Images

This weekend, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people. But we've lost track of the fact that at least that many will die of COVID-19 within the span of two days.

The big picture: 9/11 was a shocking attack that sparked massive domestic foreign policy changes and conflict in two countries. While the pandemic has certainly led to enormous policy and lifestyle changes, the daily drumbeat of hundreds of COVID deaths in America isn't garnering the attention it once did.