Japanese capital sees more than 100 new coronavirus cases Thursday, most in 2 months

first_imgAs infections surpass the city government’s initial target, two weeks into its final phase of loosening of virus curbs, officials have repeatedly said they see no need to declare a new state of emergency.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters he didn’t think the conditions for issuing a fresh state of emergency were met.”We’ll continue to pay attention to the infection situation in the area with a sense of urgency, and work to both prevent spreading of infection and support economic activity,” he said.Officials have also said the medical system can handle existing infections and that increased testing partly explains the rise in confirmed cases. Topics : Despite more cases in Tokyo, Japan, with about 19,000 cases and 976 deaths, has reported a lower overall rate of infection than many countries.More than 10.7 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and over 515,00​0 have died, according to a Reuters tally.This week, the Tokyo government said it would move away from numerical targets in favor of more reliance on expert advice to rein in the virus and avert more economic damage.center_img Tokyo confirmed 107 more novel coronavirus infections on Thursday, a Tokyo government official said, the highest daily tally in two months in the city at the center of Japan’s outbreak.The jump comes after the city of 14 million had initially sought to hold new daily cases at fewer than 20 after the government lifted a state of emergency on May 25, only to see its tally consistently exceed 50 over the past week.Tokyo’s daily count last topped 100 on May 2. On Wednesday, it confirmed 67 new cases.last_img read more

Because ‘hope is a good thing,’ Jon Rothstein keeps counting down to a season that may not arrive on time

first_imgAt 7:05 a.m. May 18, before many Americans had made it to their first cup of coffee, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was lucid enough to tweet this: “Only 176 days until the 2020-21 college basketball seasons officially begins … #countdown.”Among the responses that arrived to that declaration was one from a Gil Sklash that simply asked, “You sure about that?” Living in New York City is one reason Rothstein holds out hope for college basketball in 2020-21. He has seen it recover from what felt like an apocalypse. There still are no Broadway shows, and indoor dining at restaurants is not yet allowed, but New Yorkers are moving around and eating some outdoors and seeing the disease numbers stay low.“And now because people have social distanced and worn masks, we’ve had some sense of normalcy return,” Rothstein said. “You can be in a situation where you can socialize, but you’re not shoulder-to-shoulder.“I’m an optimist. I think if everyone around the country would do what New York did for the next two months, we could have an incredible turnaround by Labor Day. I’ve seen it here in New York, from where we were in March and April to where we are now. There’s much more optimism.” Six weeks later, with cases of COVID-19 escalating again, Sporting News felt compelled to ask a similar question after seeing Thursday’s countdown: Why are you bothering?“I made myself a promise a long time ago that has helped me in situations like this: I don’t speculate on speculation,” Rothstein told Sporting News. “When there is a change in the college basketball calendar, I will adjust the countdown and we will go from there.“I’m a movie buff, and I remember the letter in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ that was from Andy Dufresne to Red: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. We need hope in our society that we’re all going to have a release in our society through sport.”DECOURCY: MSU celebrates Emoni Bates commitment — but a long engagement could be aheadRothstein — as in love with the sport of college basketball as anyone, anywhere is in love with any sport — has, for years, been doing his daily countdown of the time remaining until opening day. There never was any reason to doubt its veracity.It is now 131 days until Nov. 10, when the Champions Classic is set to occur at the United Center in Chicago, with Duke to face Michigan State and Kentucky meeting Kansas.Is it, though? When it was 132 days away, on Wednesday, new Iona coach Rick Pitino suggested delaying the college basketball season until January. With positive tests for coronavirus spiking in Florida and Arizona, among other states, and with the United States continuing to struggle to cope with the disease in ways that haven’t been an issue in the European Union or many of Asia’s biggest countries, it seems almost fantastic to expect the college basketball season will proceed as scheduled.Rothstein believes college basketball will return at some point. “From a financial aspect, there’s a lot riding on playing a season,” he said.Rothstein usually begins his daily countdown on the day after the NBA Draft, typically late June. It began well in advance of that date this year, in part because it didn’t hurt to display a little belief on the heels of losing 2020’s scheduled edition of March Madness.DECOURCY: Cunningham’s commitment means it’s time for the NCAA to correct OK State injusticelast_img read more