Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Bad News For Tokyo 2020, Japan Declares Emergency As COVID-19 Cases Rise Again

Tokyo is reporting 920 new coronavirus cases, the highest since mid-May, two weeks ahead of the Olympics. Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo just two weeks ahead of the Games.

Outlook

Earlier, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a meeting with key ministers to discuss coronavirus measures. 

Suga noted Tokyo's upsurge and vowed "to do everything we can to prevent the further spread of the infections." 

Suga says he'll make a final decision on reinstating the state of emergency on Thursday after consulting with a panel of experts. 

 A state of emergency in Tokyo just before the games on July 23 would mean Olympic officials abandon plans to have local spectators or lower capacities at venues.


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