Tokyo, Jul 8 (EFE).- A new Covid-19 state of emergency will come into effect in the Tokyo area to coincide with the Olympic Games, the Japanese prime minister announced Thursday.
The measure agreed by Yoshihide Suga during a meeting with his Covid response committee will begin on 12 July and remain in place until 22 August. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed last year due to the pandemic, are set to run from 23 July through 8 August.
The state of emergency will have little effect on the status quo in the Japanese capital aside from a tightening of restrictions on businesses.
The emergency alert will also be extended in Okinawa, where it is already in place, and restrictions will be maintained in the cities of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa, which are all located near Tokyo and will host some of the Olympic events. EFE