— Published 19 November 2020

A new record in Tokyo

Bad luck of the calendar. The city of Tokyo on Wednesday (November 18) recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, the same day Thomas Bach left the Japanese capital after a visit that began last Sunday. According to Japanese authorities, the capital has recorded 493 new cases, exceeding the previous record (472 cases), established on August 1, 2020. Japan has been experiencing a new wave of the pandemic for a few weeks. The increase recorded on Wednesday, up sharply from the previous day (293 cases), worries the authorities as the country prepares for a three-day weekend. Japan has recorded 120,815 cases since the start of the health crisis, for a total of 1,913 deaths. During his four-day visit, the first since the start of the pandemic, Thomas Bach expressed his confidence that the Tokyo Games will run smoothly. He suggested that the events could be held in front of spectators, but that their number might be reduced. There still seems to be a long way to go.