"Olympic organisers plan to prohibit spectators as Tokyo declares a coronavirus emergency."
As the capital confronts a dramatic surge in coronavirus infections, Japan's government is set to impose a state of emergency in Tokyo that will last until the end of the Olympics.
The step, which Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is scheduled to make official later on Thursday, enhances the chances that the Games will be held without a single spectator. After Tokyo announced 920 new infections on Wednesday, the latest blow to Japan's problematic Olympic preparations has arrived. That's up from 714 last Wednesday, and it's the most since 1,010 were reported on May 13th.
Tokyo's fourth state of emergency will begin on July 12 – 11 days before the Games open – and conclude on August 22, two days before the Paralympics begin, according to Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of the government's coronavirus response.
Around 810,000 cases have been recorded in Japan, with nearly 14,900 deaths. Only 15% of the population is fully vaccinated, compared to 47.4% in the United States and nearly 50% in the United Kingdom.