As cases rise, prefectures surrounding Tokyo are seeking Covid-19 emergency measures


After Covid-19 infections reached a new high in the Japanese capital, the governors of three prefectures surrounding the Olympics host Tokyo are expected to seek the government to declare states of emergency for their areas, according to media reports on Wednesday (July 28).
On Tuesday, Tokyo registered 2,848 new coronavirus cases, the most significant number since the outbreak began. Officials reportedly requested hospitals to prepare extra beds for patients due to a surge caused by the Delta variety. Despite a rush of gold for Japanese competitors, the rapid increase may dampen enthusiasm for the Summer Games, as many fear that the flood of athletes and officials would add to the surge.
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics reported 16 new Covid-19 instances on Wednesday, bringing the total to 169 since July 1.
Olympic athletes, staff, and media must adhere to rigorous guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading, including periodic testing.The Tokyo rise might mean difficulties for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose popularity is at an all-time low since taking office last September, just months before a general election.
Mr. Suga advised people to stay at home and watch the Olympics on television as much as possible on Tuesday. He stated that canceling the Games was out of the question.
Japan has escaped the disastrous epidemics that have struck other countries like India, Indonesia, and the United States, but the pandemic’s fifth wave is putting further strain on Tokyo’s hospitals.


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