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Japan governor warns of possible ‘medical collapse’ if COVID-19 cases keep rising

Jul 30, 2021

The governor of Tokyo city’s neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture on Friday warned of the risk of the health-care system collapsing if current COVID-19 infection rates continued.

“This sudden increase in cases, in particular this situation where young people are getting infected, if this is to continue there is ample risk of a medical collapse,” Yuji Kuroiwa told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

Japan on Friday expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba, near Tokyo, as well as in the western city of Osaka, effective Monday until Aug. 31.

Emergency measures already in place in Tokyo will be extended until the end of August, after the Olympics and well into the Paralympics, which start Aug. 24.

Tokyo has reported a record increase in cases for three days in a row. The cases have doubled since last week, although officials say the surge is unrelated to the Olympics.

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