State Of Emergency Declared For Olympic Host City Of Tokyo

A state of emergency has been declared for the Tokyo metropolitan area effective today, with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga strengthening coronavirus-related restrictions.

With the Olympic Games less than 200 days away, Suga is asking those impacted by the order to stay at home, with gyms, stores and entertainment businesses called to closed by 8 pm.

As reported by Kyodo News, the state of emergency will be lifted after the situation improves from Stage 4, the worst level on the government’s four-point scale, to Stage 3. That would require improvement in key indicators including the number of infections per week falling below 25 for every 100,000 people.

The latest coronavirus data for Tokyo entails positive tests jumping to 2,447 today, from a record of 1,591 yesterday.

“The global pandemic has been a tougher one than we expected, but I’m hopeful we can overcome this,” Suga told a televised news conference.

“For this to happen, I must ask citizens to endure life with some restrictions.”

In terms of Olympic-related activities affected, the Tokyo Olympics torch exhibition salted for viewing around the capital have been postponed.

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Charles
2 years ago

I don’t believe in Olympics this year. It’s a shame, but a fact

Virtus
2 years ago

Japans population isn’t tooo high so I’m hoping they can be sufficiently vaccinated by then

Dave
2 years ago

Japan in total recorded ~7.5K new cases yesterday (1-7), nearly triple the number from a month ago. I think spread is going exponential in the country. Japan has been largely spared significant spread to date, which is surprising given the density of the population and (to my understanding) the relatively lax approach the country has taken to date in containment. These Olympics are going to be very different than usual, if they happen at all.

Wowo
2 years ago

And it begins

Sapnu puas
2 years ago

Dddd the way I’ve convinced myself that the Olympics are happening this year. I refuse to contemplate anything different, need something to look forward to!!

Verram
2 years ago

They should just have separate competitions held on separate dates to minimise crowds etc .. for example swimming and rowing in March, athletics in may etc

IM FAN
2 years ago

2021 would be better they all said.

I feel like I’m living in a dystopia.

Clownley Honks
Reply to  IM FAN
2 years ago

The ride never ends

Fast
2 years ago

Gonna be honest these Olympics looking doubtful

PhillyMark
Reply to  Fast
2 years ago

I’d go with Probable

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Fast
2 years ago

I give it about a 10% chance.

Jhonny
Reply to  Fast
2 years ago

thanks for being honest

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