Each day infections within the metropolis, which has seen an inflow of abroad guests for the Video games, reached 2,848 on Tuesday, official figures confirmed. The determine on Monday was 1,429.
Now Tokyo is asking hospitals to lift the variety of Covid beds to six,406 by early subsequent month from the present capability of 5,967, to keep away from folks having to sleep on the ground or outdoors.
Japanese broadcaster TBS additionally mentioned that hospitals may take a look at pushing again deliberate surgical procedure and cutting down different therapies.
The scramble to get extra beds comes because the nation has vaccinated simply 36 per cent of its inhabitants with at the least one shot, in accordance with a Reuters vaccination tracker.
Hundreds of Japanese residents and well being staff had lengthy protested, earlier than the Olympic Video games, in opposition to the continuation of the event as a result of they feared one other wave.
A number of athletes have already withdrawn from the Video games.