Medical workers stage a rally in the city of Fukushima on June 23 calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. | KYODO
Medical workers stage a rally in the city of Fukushima on June 23 calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. | KYODO

COVID-19 round-up

  • The prioritization of the Tokyo Olympics over public health has added anger to the desperation weighing on the shoulders of an already exhausted nation, Ryusei Takahashi reports.
  • With the Tokyo Olympics opening despite a resurgence in new cases of coronavirus, medical workers and people who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19 have voiced concerns.
  • Starting Monday, Japan will begin accepting applications for so-called vaccine passports from people who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19, enabling them to travel internationally to certain destinations without having to quarantine.
  • Tokyo reported 1,979 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, rising by more than 670 from a week earlier, a day ahead of the kickoff of the Olympics in the capital.


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