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Olympics host-city Tokyo, currently under its fourth state of emergency, has recorded a record number of fresh infections.

Tokyo recorded  2848 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the city’s highest daily tally since the pandemic began.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has again called on people “to watch the Olympic Games on TV at home” and to avoid non-essential outings.

Despite the surge in infections, the Prime Minister has also ruled out cancelling the Olympics.

Local media report that hospitals in Tokyo have been asked to prepare more beds for COVID-19 patients.

Japanese public health expert Dr. Kenji Shibuya has told Ticker News he is “really concerned by the current situation” in Tokyo.

He’s not convinced that Tokyo is equipped to deal with the rising case numbers.

“When I talk to my colleagues, and doctors working on the ground, they’re starting to be overwhelmed already so I’m really concerned by the situation.”

Dr. kenji shibuya

Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which is set to run until after the Olympics finish.

The Asahi newspaper reports that three neighbouring prefectures are set to ask the government to declare states of emergencies for their regions, given the worsening situation in Tokyo.

Dr. Shibuya believes the decision to proceed with the Olympics sent a confusing message to the public about the need to stay home.

“Before the Olympics, the Government had not suppressed the transmission. Experts expected a resurgence but the government continued to send an inconsistent signal that people should stay at home, [while] people should also celebrate the Olympics,” he told Ticker News.

Has Japan’s Olympics “bubble” burst?

Games organisers have now reported 169 COVID-19 cases that are linked to the Olympics.

Despite concerns that the Olympics could turn into a super-spreader event, there are strict health protocols in place for athletes, officials and members of the media.

An IOC spokesperson says the public should be reassured by these anti-virus measures.

But Dr. Shibuya, who is a former director of the Institute for Population Health at King’s College London, says the isolation bubble system set up to control COVID-19 infections has “burst”.

“There’s a growing number of cases amongst athletes, delegates and journalists who are supposed to be within a bubble system. But in reality, there are quite a few holes in the bubble system. I think it has already burst.”

Dr. kenji shibuya

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Chiefs secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles against 49ers



Will Patrick Mahomes be hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? 

The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious once again, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim their second consecutive championship.

The high-stakes game kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams showcased exceptional skill and determination.

The 49ers, known for their strong defence, put up a formidable fight, but the Chiefs’ offensive prowess ultimately proved too much to handle.


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs with a stellar performance, showcasing his prowess with strategic passes and crucial touchdowns.


As the confetti rained down on the Chiefs, celebrations erupted both on the field and among fans worldwide, marking another historic moment in the team’s legacy.

With this victory, the Chiefs solidified their status as a dominant force in the NFL, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this powerhouse team.

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

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Amazon targets bankrupt Diamond Sports for streaming rights



Amazon considers acquisition of Diamond Sports as part of its plan to expand streaming portfolio

Sources suggest that Amazon is eyeing the streaming rights for major sports leagues including MLB, NBA, and NHL, signalling the tech giant’s strategic move into the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting.

The potential deal with Diamond Sports would provide Amazon with a significant foothold in the sports streaming market, allowing the company to offer a comprehensive range of live sports content to its Prime Video subscribers.

This move aligns with Amazon’s broader strategy to diversify its entertainment offerings and attract a wider audience. The acquisition of streaming rights for popular sports leagues could make Amazon a major player in the competitive streaming landscape.

Industry experts speculate that Amazon’s interest in Diamond Sports is driven by the desire to capture the growing market for live sports streaming, a segment that has gained immense popularity in recent years.

The acquisition would not only give Amazon access to a vast library of sports content but also position the company as a formidable competitor to traditional broadcasters in the live sports broadcasting arena.

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Disney’s sport streaming goals



Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.

In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.

The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.

Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.

This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.

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