Tokyo Olympics To Have No Spectates As Japan Plans Virus Emergency Lasting Through The Sporting Event

In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Japan is all set to announce a complete state of emergency in Tokyo starting from July 12, going up to August 22.

Shrudi Shyam

July 13, 2021

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Recently, Japan saw their highest rise in COVID-19 cases since mid-May. Just after this, the country has now planned to place Tokyo under emergency extending through the period of the Tokyo Olympics. This decision has been induced by the fear of COVID-19 cases multiplying during the games.

 

In a meeting held with experts on Thursday, July 8, 2021, government officials from Japan have proposed announcing a state of emergency in Tokyo. The suggested dates for this are from the coming Monday i.e. July 12, 2021, to August 22, 2021, a few weeks after the Olympics end. This has been a major blow to the already delayed multi-sporting event.

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Earlier it was announced that the Tokyo Olympics wouldn’t allow any foreign spectators this year, keeping the COVID-19 guidelines in mind. Moreover, the event has already been delayed by a year due to COVID-19 and the worldwide lockdowns that followed. However, now to everyone’s dismay, the event might not even have a local audience as Japan plans to announce a state of emergency in Tokyo that would go through the entire period of Tokyo 2020.

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Currently, Tokyo is under a less stringent state of laws with bars and restaurants closing down early, although none of this has proven to be effective in curbing the spread of the virus. Even the experts have criticized Japan’s soft approach in dealing with the pandemic.

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Moreover, only 15% of the total population in Japan have been fully vaccinated, thus leaving more people in danger. Hence, to protect people from the highly dangerous Delta Plus variant of COVID-19, Japan is planning to go ahead with the emergency plan. This upcoming emergency will be the fourth in Japan since the start of the pandemic.

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