Japan declares a state of emergency for the Tokyo Olympics

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Japan declares a state of emergency for the Tokyo Olympics

Japan has announced that Tokyo will be under a Covid-19 state of emergency throughout the Olympic Games.

Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister announced the measure at a press conference Thursday evening as the spread of delta variable It leads to the rapid spread of infection with the Corona virus.

The renewed state of emergency means the Tokyo fans will be too Urge to stay at home Even with the International Olympic Committee holding the largest sporting event in the world in its streets and stadiums.

The International Olympic Committee insisted that the Games should continue even during a state of emergency, but the announcement is likely to lead to tighter restrictions on spectators. Tokyo 2020 is set to review its decision to allow Max 10,000 spectators, or 50 percent of total capacity, will be in stadiums before the end of the week.

Suga said: “The number [of people infected with Covid] Those who are seriously ill and hospital bed utilization remains low, but bearing in mind the impact of variables, we must act to prevent another wave of infections across the country.”

Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of the Japanese response to Covid-19, described the situation as “a race between vaccination and the spread of a delta variant”. He said vaccinations would continue as quickly as possible during the emergency.

After a slow start, Japan offer the vaccine Its pace quickened, but it gave the first dose to only 27 percent of the audience, and left A large gathering of unvaccinated people Among them, Covid-19 can spread.

On Wednesday, Tokyo reported 920 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest daily number since May 13. The number of cases has been rising since Japan lifted its previous state of emergency last month.

The new state of emergency will be the fourth in Tokyo, following previous announcements in Spring 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021. Under previous restrictions, the public have been asked to work from home when possible and restaurants have been asked to close at 8 p.m.

Japan has a constitutional right to freedom of movement, so all restrictions are voluntary. Previous Emergencies It was effective in reducing cases of Covid-19, but medical officials were concerned about declining compliance with the rules and the high transmissibility of the delta variant.

“The delta variant is moving fast, it is responsible for 7 per cent of cases nationwide and 14 per cent in Tokyo,” said Norihisa Tamura, the health minister. “With the idea that we would like this to be the last round of emergency measures, we will continue with vaccinations and treatment of the Coronavirus while keeping in mind the wishes of the public.”

Okinawa will also remain under a state of emergency, but other large cities in Japan will not be covered by the restrictions, which will reduce Economic Impact of the new measures.

“An export- and manufacturing-led economic recovery is unlikely to be derailed,” said Takeshi Yamaguchi, chief Japan economist at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, noting the smaller geographic scope of the new emergency. He added that families have adapted to online shopping.

However, Yamaguchi said there will be increased pressure for another round of fiscal stimulus, which could include more cash grants for low-income individuals.

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