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Japan declares State of Emergency before Tokyo Olympic
Japan has declared a state of emergency in three more prefectures which are affected most by the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest declaration comes as Japan tussle with a surge of a more infectious virus strain just 10 weeks before the Tokyo Olympics are due to start on 23 July.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, Economy minister of Japan who is in-charge of virus countermeasures, said today that, Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima will join Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures on Sunday under state of emergency until 31 May. With an eye on the economy, the government had originally proposed quasi-emergency declaration for five additional prefectures.
The latest measures bring 19 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, come to about 70 percent of the population, under curbs such as an 8 pm closing deadline for eateries and a restriction on alcohol at most bars and restaurants. Some experts said, medical resources are being pushed to the brink, while Japan’s inoculation drive has been the slowest among advanced nations, with just 3 percent of the population vaccinated.
The state of emergency in Tokyo and other’s part of country would run through this month, leaving fewer than two months until the Olympics. Economic Minister Nishimura repeated the government’s outlook that it would do its utmost to contain the spread of the pandemic to be able to hold a safe and secure Games.
Tokyo Olympics 2021
Note: Summer Olympics 2020 will be held in Japan which will be started from 23 July 2021.
Symbol: Indigo blue in chequered patterns (which is traditional colour representing elegance and sophistication of Japan)
Currency: Japanese Yen
PM: Yoshihide Suga