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Tokyo Under COVID-19 State of Emergency for the Olympics

July 8, 2021 • 5:43 am CDT
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government announced Tokyo prefecture's 13 million residents would be under a COVID-19 state of emergency throughout the 2020 Summer Olympics.

This action is related to Tokyo metropolitan government reporting 920 new coronavirus cases, the most since mid-May 2021.

"We must take stronger steps to prevent another nationwide outbreak, also considering the impact of coronavirus variants," Suga said after finalizing the decision to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and extending one already in place in Okinawa prefecture at a task force meeting.

Olympic venues in Tokyo are likely to go without spectators, and the same may apply to those in nearby prefectures, news sources indicated.

The U.S. CDC Travel Alert for Japan is updated on this webpage.