Just days after the Tokyo Olympics drew to a close, Japan appeared to be hurtling towards a coronavirus disaster with the host city reporting a record 5,773 new Covid-19 cases.
Yet in the two months since Emperor Naruhito declared the Games closed a dramatic turn of events has seen infections plummet in Tokyo and across the country.
This week, almost a fortnight since emergency measures were finally lifted, new infections continue to fall while parts of Europe, including Britain, struggle to contain cases.
Infections in Japan have fallen to their lowest levels in more than a year, triggering optimism that the worst may be over for the world’s third-biggest economy.
On Monday, Tokyo reported 49 cases, the lowest daily figure since late June last year, while the nationwide count was 369.
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