Japan reported its highest daily increase in new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, reporting 12,341 new cases on Saturday, according to the country’s public broadcaster NHK.
NHK reported that ten of Japan’s 47 prefectures reported their highest new daily cases.
The Japanese capital city of Tokyo saw a record high of 4,058 new cases on Saturday, according to data from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
According to the organizers of the Games, the number of coronavirus cases linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has increased by 21 to 241 from the previous day.
It comes as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday extended a state of emergency for the Tokyo metropolitan area and Okinawa amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
Tokyo and Okinawa were in a state of emergency until August 22, but Suga has now extended it to August 31.
Suga also extended a state of emergency to four other prefectures – Saitama, Chiba, Osaka and Kanagawa – effective August 31.