TOKYO: The Japanese government is set to extend its “state of emergency” soft lockdown in regions including Tokyo to the middle of September as well as adding several other regions, the Sankei Shimbun daily reported on Monday (Aug 16).
The current state of emergency is due to expire on Aug 31, but a continuing surge in coronavirus cases has spurred calls to extend it.
A meeting of the four parties concerned with running the Tokyo Paralympics, due to start from Aug 24, is set to meet later on Monday to decide how to handle the issue of spectators, NHK public television reported.
Organisers agreed last week to limit spectators at the Paralympic events, media reports said, due to the continuing state of emergency in Tokyo. The Olympics were held mostly without spectators.