International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will meet Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as Japan prepares for the opening of the Olympics July 23, Reuters said.

Bach is in Japan ahead of the Games and said the Tokyo Olympics will be held as planned despite the pandemic.

An adequate number of hospitals and a fast-tracked Covid-19 immunization campaign will enable Japan to hold "safe and secure" Olympics, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said.

But Koike warned the pandemic was far from over and the spread of the Delta variant remains a major cause of worry.

"Very many people will be vaccinated in the coming 10 days and during the Olympics," Reuters quoted the governor as saying.

"Because of that, and because the medical system is ready, I think we can press ahead with a safe Olympics," Koike said.

Bach said that canceling the games is not an option, and going ahead with the organization as planned is in the interest of the athletes, Kyodo News reported.

Tokyo declared a state of emergency Monday until Aug. 22 because of the rising cases of the virus, which sparked rumors about the cancellation of the games.

Foreign spectators were already banned months ago, and authorities are now asking residents to watch the Games on television to keep the movement of people to a minimum.

The number of deaths across Japan caused by the coronavirus topped 15,000 Wednesday, Japan's daily The Mainichi reported.

More than 80% of the deaths have occurred since December last year, when the "third wave" of infections started to hit its peak in the country.

Meanwhile, United States first lady Jill Biden will travel to Tokyo for the games' opening ceremony, the White House said Tuesday.

The first lady will lead a delegation that will not include her husband, President Joe Biden, according to Reuters.