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Tokyo's life outside Olympic Village continues to buzz amid state of emergency Updated: 2021-07-30 17:09:19 KST


Chanting, clapping, flag-waving.
Fans in Tokyo, form a long line, along the triathlon track, despite the ban on spectators.

"We actually had tickets for four different events that we had, but of course all of them got cancelled, so we were trying to find an opportunity to see something face to face even though it's early and raining."

The organizers have been asking for fans' cooperation.
But after having their Olympic experience taken away from them due to the pandemic, road-side spectating has become all too tempting.

"We're outdoors so it won't get overcrowded. I think the risk of getting infected is extremely low, almost equal to zero."

The city is seeing more areas, return to how it was pre-pandemic, despite Tokyo's current state of emergency.
Some bars are opening later than 8 PM when they are supposed close, while convenience stores are staying open all night.
Young people are found sitting outside on stairs and benches, for a makeshift get-together.

This comes as the city reported a record of over 38-hundred new cases on Thursday bringing the country's daily total to over 10-thousand, for the first time.

"(cut). we talked about how it is necessary to further reduce the movement of people, aiming for the same number we saw at the time of the previous state of emergency declaration."

The latest surge raises concerns over a ripple effect, spreading into the other areas of the city and the Olympic Village.
24 more infections were reported from the village bringing the total number of Games-linked cases to 1-hundred-93.
With an 80-percent vaccination rate, daily testing and movement restrictions,the village is so far under a safety "bubble."
But that same bubble could burst depending on the situation outside.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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