[En continu] Record in India with 200,000 new cases in 24 hours

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■ In India, record 200,000 new cases in 24 hours

India has recorded a record 200,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to official data released on Thursday, as a second wave of massive contaminations continues to gain momentum in the country of 1, 3 billion inhabitants.

The number of daily contaminations has more than doubled since the beginning of April. India, which has recorded a total of more than 14.1 million cases, also deplored 1,038 deaths in 24 hours, or nearly 175,000 deaths in all, according to data from the Ministry of Health.


■ Canceling the Tokyo Olympics remains an option

The number two in the main ruling party in Japan has estimated that the Tokyo Olympics could be canceled as a last resort, while the Japanese archipelago is currently suffering a sharp resurgence of the epidemic.

“We will have to cancel the Games without hesitation if it is no longer possible” to organize them, said Toshihiro Nikai in an interview with Japanese television station TBS. “If the infections are spreading because of the Olympics, I don’t know what they are for,” added the secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD).

While considering that there remained “a lot of difficulties to overcome”, he also qualified his remarks by specifying: “We definitely want to make the Games a success.” His comments come 99 days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo-2020 (July 23-August 8), which had been postponed for a year last year due to the pandemic.


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