One of the biggest events of the world – the Olympics are scheduled to open on 23rd July in Tokyo. But Japan went into the 3rd state of emergency just a few days before the Olympics.
On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other urban prefectures in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Japan’s outbreak is much less when compared on global levels but the recent outbreak has caused a worry for authorities and medical professionals. The 2021 Tokyo Olympics authorities along with the IOC are still confident of holding the Games despite the recent surge.
While addressing the nation, Suga announced that the restrictions at Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures will begin on Sunday and last through May 11. The decision was taken after consulting the experts and constant requests from the governors of Tokyo and Osaka.
In his address, Suga said
The end should be in sight. “The state of emergency is now declared. From the bottom of my heart, I ask for your cooperation.
The emergency during this period will be stricter and Suga also mentioned that subsidies will be given for the businesses that shut their doors during the state of emergency. He also urged the restaurants and bars to close or reduce the working hours in order to curb the infection rise.
Olympics to go ahead as scheduled
The Olympics were scheduled to kick off on 24th July 2020. But due to pandemic situations across the globe, the event was postponed by a year. Now the situation is the same but the vaccination drive is positive behind the confidence of holding the event. As per the IOC, the Olympics will go ahead as planned and there is no scope for any cancellation or further postponement.
The restrictions as of now will last till 11th May which will mark the 10 weeks to go for the Olympics.