A perfect storm is brewing in Tokyo as the capital struggles to smother a burgeoning COVID-19 surge just weeks before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Infections were expected to rebound after the capital’s state of emergency was downgraded last month to less restrictive quasi-emergency measures, but perhaps not so quickly.

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