The japan is set to extend a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas with infections not yet slowing to levels it can safely host the Olympics opening in just over 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 its feared that lifting the emergency would cause an instant rebound in infections, Economy Revitalization Minister yasutoshi Nishimura said.
Mr. Nishimura told to reporters the government proposal of a 20-day extension to June 20 in the nine areas received preliminary approval from experts ahead oak an official announcement later Friday. The Southern island prefecture of Okinawa is already under emergency status through June 20.
Olympic organisers have to decide around that date whether to allow any fans at all, after overseas spectators were banned month ago. A plan to priorities vaccination for Japanese athletes also is being delayed to around that time, according to media reports.
Still Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his government are determined to host the Olympics. 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.