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Tokyo In State Of Emergency Over Third Wave Of Virus

Tokyo In State Of Emergency Over Third Wave Of Virus

On Saturday Tokyo’s governor asked Japan’s central government to declare

a new state of emergency as the country battles a third wave of the coronavirus, with

record numbers of new cases.

Tokyo In State Of Emergency Over Third Wave Of Virus

Japanese officials have in recent weeks asked restaurants and businesses to

close early and urged people to stay at home, measures that Koike said were having “some effect”.

“But considering the number of cases and the situation of the medical system in

Tokyo and the three neighbouring prefectures, we decided it was necessary to

immediately and thoroughly curb the movement of people,” she told reporters

The government has been reluctant to impose a new state of emergency,

for fear of the economic impact.

The new spike in infections comes little more than six months before

Tokyo is set to host the virus-delayed Olympic Games.

 

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