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Tokyo reports highest COVID-19 numbers since January as more athletes test positive

Christian Fernsby |
Two days before the Olympics' opening ceremony, Tokyo is reporting new COVID-19 cases at levels not seen since January.

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The 1,832 new cases represent a sharp rise from last Wednesday, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 1,149 cases.

"There is a high risk of a resurgence of the virus," Tokyo's government said in a bulletin. It added that the caseload has put Tokyo's health system under pressure, in terms of providing non-COVID-related care.

World number one skeet shooter Amber Hill has been forced to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Hill, who is British, has not travelled to Japan, and tested positive for the virus last night.

The 23-year-old now has to self-isolate for 10 days and will miss her event, the women's skeet, which starts on Sunday (July 25).

Table tennis player Pavel Širuček has become the second Czech athlete and fourth member of the Olympic team to test positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo. He was to compete at that level for the first time.

Beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič and women's beach volleyball duo coach Simon Nausch are among those who have also tested positive.

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