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Olympic torch runs through empty park in Osaka as COVID cases rise

Olympic torch runs through empty park in Osaka as COVID cases rise

The International Olympic Committee announced that the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics ran through a mostly empty Osaka city park on Tuesday.

While the globe is struggling with COVID-19, Tokyo authorities prepare for the upcoming Olympic Games. The traditional torch is in Osaka today, but local showing the risks of trying to hold the postponed games during a corona crisis.

The torch relay came on the same day that the PM Suga said new coronavirus cases in Osaka hit 1,099, a single-day record for Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area.

A symbol of the upcoming sports event, the torch relay, began three weeks ago in northeastern Japan, attempting to navigate around the pandemic with a total of 10,000 runners crisscrossing the country and bound for the opening ceremony on July 23 in Tokyo.