Japan is considering an expansion of its coronavirus prevention actions in Tokyo and other regions by two weeks to a month, Japanese media stated, with less than a month to go until the Tokyo Summer Olympics are set to open.
The Japanese capital and other locations are currently under a “quasi” state of emergency set to be lifted on July 12, but a recent increase in coronavirus cases has officials concerned and could influence the number of spectators permitted into Olympics grounds.
As per the Mainichi Shimbun daily, the government is considering stretching the steps by two to four weeks, a period that would coincide with the Olympics, already delayed a year, that open on July 23.
A government conference on coronavirus curbs is planned to be held later on Wednesday to converse ways of dealing with signs of an imminent surge in coronavirus numbers that has doctors worried, along with concern about the spread of more highly infectious variants.
Under the “quasi” state of emergency, audiences at events are limited to 5,000. Olympics coordinators have ruled that audiences will be granted up to 50 percent of the venue capacity or a maximum of 10,000, though foreign viewers have been restricted.
Tokyo on Tuesday decided to move the first half of the 15-day Olympic torch relay planned to initiate in the capital off public roads.
Officials have assured to conduct a “safe and secure” Olympic Games but face continuing resistance from a substantial part of the public, with worries incited after two members of the Ugandan delegation probed positive after arriving in Japan.