Japan Likely To Declare ‘State Of Emergency’ Before Tokyo Olympics As COVID Cases Rise

Japan Likely To Declare ‘State Of Emergency’ Before Tokyo Olympics As COVID Cases Rise


The Tokyo Olympics are set to begin on July 23, but there is still much that is up in the air on how the Games will look. 

Tokyo is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases — hitting a two-month high on Wednesday — and it’s looking increasingly likely that a state of emergency will be declared before the Olympics begin. 

Tokyo is allowing domestic fans to attend events, but as cases continue to rise, even domestic fans are in danger of being barred from Olympic events. 

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According to the Associated Press, IOC President Thomas Back will arrive in Tokyo on Thursday, and a decision is expected to be made on Friday in a meeting between the IOC and local organizers to determine whether fans can attend events.

Tokyo is currently in a quasi-state of emergency, but it’s due to end on Sunday. There were 920 new cases reported in Tokyo on Wednesday, its highest total since May 13 when 1,010 cases were reported. 

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