The Japanese government intends to declare a new state of emergency in Tokyo, which should cover the entire period of the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, to combat the increase in Covid-19 cases, several local media reported on Wednesday.
“The government has decided to declare a fourth state of emergency in Tokyo and has communicated its decision,” said the public television channel NHK. According to Japanese media, the state of emergency will be in place until August 22, it will be the fourth state of emergency established in Japan since the start of the pandemic. In March, the organizers had banned the coming of spectators from abroad to the Olympics, an unprecedented fact in Olympic history.
In June, they had authorized the presence of local spectators, but at 50% of the reception capacities of each site and within a maximum limit of 10,000 people. They had recently warned that the option of closed doors was still being considered, as the health situation in Japan deteriorated again.