TOKYO: Japan’s government is set to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo through Aug 22 amid a new wave of infections, a key minister said on Thursday (Jul 8), casting a shadow over the Olympic Games.
Japan’s economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is heading the government’s coronavirus response, said the state of emergency is set to begin on Jul 12.
The Tokyo area is currently under slightly less strict “quasi emergency” curbs. Under the heightened restrictions, restaurants will be asked to stop serving alcohol, Nishimura said.
The move is expected to be made official later on Thursday. Areas neighbouring Tokyo, such as Chiba and Kanagawa, are set to remain under “quasi emergency” through Aug 22.
The Olympic Games are scheduled to run from Jul 23 to Aug 8, despite opposition from medical experts and the majority of the public.
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