Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
As of 10 p.m., Sunday, July 18
- The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 1,008 daily coronavirus cases Sunday, topping the 1,000 mark for the fifth straight day and adding to signs that the capital is seeing a fifth wave of the virus before the Olympics start in the city in less than a week.
- A Tokyo-based medical venture has introduced a smartphone app feature enabling users to keep records of their COVID-19 vaccinations as many companies and universities have started administering doses to curb infections.
- The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Sunday it has confirmed coronavirus infections among athletes staying at the Tokyo athletes' village for the first time, a day after saying a nonathlete staying at the facility had tested positive.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, July 17
- Nearly 80% of 47 prefectural capitals in Japan said they either have changed or intend to change their plans to vaccinate their local residents against COVID-19 amid a supply shortage of vaccines, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.
- International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said Saturday he is confident of winning over a skeptical Japanese public and expects a "safe and successful" Tokyo Olympics, despite concerns about coronavirus infections at the games which get under way next week.
- The Tokyo metropolitan government reported on Saturday 1,410 new COVID-19 cases, its highest single-day spike in nearly six months and topping 1,000 for the fourth straight day, as the capital prepares for the opening of the Tokyo Olympics next week.
- Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Saturday the first positive case of COVID-19 has been detected in the Tokyo athletes' village with less than a week until the opening ceremony.
- Foreign luxury cars priced at more than 10 million yen ($90,830) in Japan are becoming popular among wealthy people who cannot travel abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic and who are willing to spend money on the back of higher global share prices.