TokyoFearing an increase in the corona infection rate during the Olympics, a corona emergency has been declared until the conclusion of the Japan Games. The Japanese government announced this on Thursday. In a meeting with experts on Thursday morning, government officials proposed imposing a state of emergency in Japan from next Monday until August 22. The Olympics, which have been postponed a year due to the pandemic, are to be held from July 23 to August 8. Foreign spectators will not be allowed entry during the Games and the six-week state of emergency has also ended the possibility of allowing local spectators. A decision on the entry of spectators will be taken on Friday when local organizers are to meet with the International Olympic Committee and other representatives. Very strict protocols are not in place in Tokyo at this time and the corona infection has not stopped even by reducing the opening hours of bars and restaurants. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to announce a contingency plan on Thursday evening. IOC President Thomas Bach is to reach Tokyo on Thursday but he will be quarantined at the five-star hotel here for three days. This will be the fourth emergency in Japan since the outbreak of the Corona virus. There have been 920 new cases in Tokyo on Wednesday, compared to 714 last week.
[Attribution to NBT]