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Tokyo Olympics : 24 fresh COVID cases reported at Games, the highest one-day figure so far

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Tokyo: The Tokyo Olympics organisers on Thursday announced 24 new COVID-19 cases- the highest one-day figures so far at the Games- including three athletes.The fresh additions took the total number of Games-related cases to 193.

Out of the 24 positive cases, six are Games-concerned personnel and 15 are contractors, besides the three athletes.

Meanwhile, Tokyo city has logged in an all-time high of 3865 positive cases on Thursday and three new deaths were recorded with 81 patients being described as "severe cases".

The organisers, however, insisted that the showpiece is not behind the record surge in the host city.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) spokesperson Mark Adams said the Games are not responsible for the surge in coronavirus infections in Tokyo, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Authorities are alarmed by the Japanese capital setting an all-time high and closing in on 4000 cases, only a day after crossing the 3000 mark for the first time.

The host city is in a state of emergency with COVID-19 infections at a record high, as Tokyo recorded 3177 cases on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the IOC spokesman Adams said there was nothing to suggest a link between the Games and the rising figures.

"As far as I'm aware there's not a single case of an infection spreading to the Tokyo population from the athletes or Olympic movement," he told reporters here.

"We have the most tested community probably anywhere... in the world, on top of that you have some of the toughest lockdown restrictions in the athlete's village," he added.

"Of 310,000 screening tests, the rate of positivity is 0.02 percent," Adams informed.

Though Japan has kept its cases and deaths lower than many other countries, but its seven-day average is increasing, according to the country's health ministry.

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