Japan reported over 10-thousand COVID-19 cases in a single day, for the first time on Thursday, breaking the daily record for the third consecutive day.
According to its public broadcaster NHK, the daily tally stood at nearly 10-thousand 700 as of 6 p.m. Thursday, raising the country's accumulated caseload to over 904-thousand.
Tokyo, the host city of the 2020 Olympics, reported more than 38-hundred cases, also a record daily tally for the city.
Tokyo governor addressed the situation, saying the city's COVID-19 infection rates and medical care provision system are both facing a "extremely severe" situation.
She further stressed that people need to minimize interaction.
"This highly infectious Delta strain is progressing and to reduce the number of new cases, we talked about how it is necessary to further reduce the movement of people, aiming for the same number as at the time of the previous state of emergency declaration."
Alarmed by the surge in cases, the Japanese government is poised to extend and expand the scope of the state of emergency.
It's likely to announce Friday the expansion of the state of emergency to Tokyo's three neighboring prefectures - Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa - as well as Osaka, to try and further contain the spread.
It's also mulling over extending the state of emergency for Tokyo and Okinawa beyond the deadline of August 22nd.
The latest surge is also increasing public concerns over the possibility of the Games worsening the outbreak, especially as 24 more people at the Olympics were confirmed to have contracted the virus on Thursday.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee says this brings the accumulative total of the Games-linked cases to 193.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.