Japan to extend virus emergency with safe Olympics at stake

Japan is set to extend a corona virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas with infections not yet slowing to levels it can safely host the Olympics opening in the next 50 days. The extension is needed as people are increasingly roaming in public, especially in Tokyo and Osaka, when they should be doing the opposite, and it’s feared that lifting the emergency would cause an instant rebound in infection. The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23 after a one year postponement due to the pandemic, and worries about the new variants and Japan’s slow vaccination rollouts have triggered calls from the public and medical experts to cancel the games. Olympic organizers have to decide around that date whether to allow any fans at all, after overseas spectators were banned months ago. The international Olympic committee has also said the Olympics would go ahead even if the host city Tokyo is under emergency measures. Japan has reported about 7,30,000 cases of infection and more than 12,700 deaths.

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