India's coronavirus caseload topped 20 million on Tuesday as the relentless surge finally forced the suspension of the nation's lucrative cricket competition involving some of the sport's biggest global stars.
The Olympics must not be a burden on medical systems, Japan's chief government spokesman said on Friday, amid worries that daily athlete testing will tax health resources already stressed in fighting a rebound of COVID-19 cases.
Overwhelmed hospitals in India begged for oxygen supplies on Saturday as the country's coronavirus infections soared again overnight in a "tsunami" of disease, setting a new world record for cases for the third consecutive day.
Hospitals in India launched desperate appeals for oxygen on Friday as the nation’s COVID crisis plummeted to horrifying new depths, while Japan declared a state of emergency for Tokyo just three months before it hosts the Olympics.
Japan expanded quasi-emergency measures to a group of regions – including the cities of Tokyo and Osaka – on Friday as a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases spreads, casting more doubt on whether the Summer Olympics can be held in Tokyo in less than 100 days.