Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo Olympic minister announced on Thursday that the Summer Olympics would be held in the Tokyo region after a state of emergency was declared in the capital following the sharp rise in Japan’s COVID-19 case.
Why it’s important: The delayed and fitting back of the Olympics just two weeks before the opening ceremony is another big blow to the philosophy and money.
Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo Big Image: Organizers planned to allow venues to fill up to 50% capacity, with a maximum of 10,000 Japanese visitors and no foreign fans. An increase in COVID-19 cases and a lower rate of vaccination forced them to reconsider.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says Tokyo’s fourth coronavirus state of emergency will run from Monday, July 12 to August 22. Bars and restaurants will be asked to suspend alcohol sales as part of the action.
The Tokyo Games are set to begin on July 23 with the opening ceremony.
What they are saying is: “Considering the effects of delta strain and the need to take measures to prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of the country,” Supra was quoted in the AP report.
Flashback: International Olympic Committee vice-president John Quets said in May that the Tokyo Olympics would move forward even if the city or other parts of Japan were in a state of emergency.
By number: There were 920 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo on Wednesday, with the highest number of 1,010 reported on May 13, according to ESPN.
At least two Olympians, a coach and two Olympic staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the decision to hold the Olympics without spectators.