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Japan Extends Emergency Amid Covid-19 Vaccine, Olympic Uncertainty

Representative image (Reuters)

Representative image (Reuters)

Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugas announcement of the one-month extension comes amid growing uncertainty over the rollout of vaccines and the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Japan announced Tuesday that it is extending a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other areas through March 7.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugas announcement of the one-month extension comes amid growing uncertainty over the rollout of vaccines and the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Under the state of emergency, the government issued non-binding requests for people to avoid crowds and eating out in groups and for restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m.

New cases have declined in Tokyo and nationwide since early January, but experts say hospitals remain flooded with serious cases and that preventive measures should remain in place.

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Japan has had about 400,000 coronavirus cases, including 5,800 deaths.

first published:February 02, 2021, 16:50 IST