The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will go down in history as the most difficult to celebrate. After being canceled by the pandemic and held a year later than expected, the coronavirus has once again stained the Olympic celebration two weeks after its start.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided on July 8 to re-declare a state of emergency in the Tokyo area. The capital of the Asian country has suffered in recent months a new wave of infections with an upward trend that worries the authorities. The alert, which will be in force until August 22, will coincide with the celebration of the Olympic Games, which means that these will be held behind closed doors and without public.
The new state of emergency will enter into force on Monday, July 12, a decision that, according to the Japanese president, has been carried out in order to curb the increase in coronavirus cases in the region. The measure will tighten current restrictions, especially those related to restaurants and shops.
“The number of new cases continues to increase in Tokyo,” the Japanese minister in charge of managing COVID-19, Yasutoshi Nishimura, explained to the media. “With the increase in the movement of people and the Delta variant that now represents around 30 percent of cases, it is expected that infections will continue to increase.”
The country will also extend the state of emergency in the Okinawa region (in the south-west of the country) and will maintain some restrictions in several prefectures adjacent to Tokyo such as Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa, in which event competitions will be held.