• Staff report, Jiji, Kyodo


Tokyo reported 487 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the country’s top COVID-19 adviser said holding the Olympics in the capital under the current circumstances would be “unusual.”

“Holding (the games) in the current situation, amid the pandemic, would be unusual,” Shigeru Omi, an infectious disease expert who heads a government subcommittee on the coronavirus, told lawmakers at the Diet. Still, Omi said that if the games were to be held, the event should be scaled down as much as possible.

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