Tokyo has declared the fourth state of emergency two weeks before the Olympics
start, this means the competition, scheduled for July 23 to August 8, will be held
entirely under strict Covid restrictions.
Foreign spectators have already been banned from traveling to the country for the
events and the latest developments mean that local fans are also now likely to be
All bars, restaurants, and karaoke parlors serving alcohol are being told to close while
residents are expected to face stay-home requests and watch the games on TV from
Tokyo reported 920 new cases on Wednesday, up from 714 a week earlier. It was the
18th straight day of week-on-week increases, and was the highest total since 1,010
were reported on May 13.
‘Taking into consideration the effect of coronavirus variants and not to let the
infections spread again to the rest of the nation, we need to strengthen our
countermeasures,’ Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.
‘Given the situation, we will issue a state of emergency for Tokyo.’
Talks are being held on Thursday about whether any spectators might be allowed to
attend the games.
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