Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

15 May 2021
2021-05-15 10:29

Japan on Friday further expanded a coronavirus state of emergency - currently in Tokyo and five other prefectures - to nine areas, with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government determined to hold the Olympics in just over two months.

Japan has been struggling to slow the infections ahead of the Games. The three additions include Japan's northern island state of Hokkaido, where the Olympic marathon will be held, as well as Hiroshima and Okayama in western Japan. The three areas on Sunday will join Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures already under the coronavirus restrictions, until May 31.

On Thursday, Japan reported 6,800 new confirmed cases, adding to its total of 665,547 with 11,255 deaths.

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