On Friday we told you that more than 200,000 cases of corona virus had been confirmed worldwide. Last night there were roughly 320,000 cases. We said last week there were over 10,000 cases in America now there are roughly 30,000. The numbers come from Johns Hopkins University.
Part of the reason it increased so much obviously because of spreading. Another part is because more people are getting tested though in many areas of the world, including parts of the United States, there aren't enough testing kits to keep up with demand. Tests are crucial to help medical officials keep track of how and where the disease is spreading and to isolate those who have it.
One question that's been coming up since it started spreading internationally, what about this years Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan? They're scheduled to be held starting on July 14th and Japan has spent more than $12 billion to host the events.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Olympic Torch is now on the ground here in Japan but even though it's a sunny day here in Tokyo, a dark cloud hangs over the future of the summer games. This is not what Japan was hoping for, a scaled down ceremony as the Olympic flame arrived at Matsushima Air Base. No crowds, just a few officials and two of Japan's most famous Olympians lighting the Tokyo 2020 torch.
The games are still set to begin in late July, in just over four months. Japan is hoping for a comeback from a catastrophic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima nine years ago this month. Japan's spirit and economy desperately needed a revival. Tokyo 2020 was on track to be just that. The novel corona virus pandemic changed everything.