Japan’s Olympics in doubt as pandemic spreads

Masaru Kamikura - via WikiCommons Creative

The Japanese government announced an expansion of the current state of emergency it declared for the Tokyo area last week to seven more prefectures. 

Following a request by the authorities of Osaka and Kyoto amongst others, the government decided to heed to their need so as the local authorities can place more restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic. 

The situation in Japan is such that the hope for the organisaiton of the summer Olympic Games, which were meant to take place last year, started to fade. 

Yoshihide Suga, the country’s Prime Minister has been wary about taking measures that would obstruct economic activity, while having to face the challenges of hosting the delayed Olympics in Tokyo this year.

Japan, as on Wednesday, reported a total of 300,000 cases.

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