2021 Olympics: Osaka Takes Torch Off Streets
Only 100 days until the Tokyo Olympics get underway, however, the impact of the global pandemic continues to weigh heavy on the host city.
The Olympic torch relay is passing through Osaka prefecture, but the relay is not running through the streets because of rising COVID-19 cases. Instead, it’s being held for a second day behind closed doors in a park without spectators.
The torch relay began three weeks ago in northeastern Japan with a total of 10,000 runners crisscrossing the country.
On Tuesday, Osaka reported nearly eleven-hundred new coronavirus cases, its highest daily surge since the pandemic began.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics begin July 23.