Tokyo planning to extend Coronavirus Curbs during Olympics

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With less than a month until the Tokyo Summer Olympics begin, Japan is considering extending its coronavirus preventive measures in Tokyo and other locations by two weeks to a month, according to Japanese media.
The Japanese capital and other cities are now under a quasi-state of emergency that will be removed on July 12. Still, officials are concerned about a recent spike in coronavirus infections, which might influence the number of fans permitted into Olympic sites.
Later on Wednesday (June 30), a government meeting on coronavirus measures will be convened to examine methods to cope with indicators of an expected spike in coronavirus numbers. The proliferation of more highly transmissible variations is also a source of worry.
“Any choices we make on quasi-emergency measures will be based on the policies we have in place,” said the official. Katsunobu Kato, Chief Cabinet Secretary. Spectators at events are limited to 5,000 people due to the current state of emergency. Organizers have decided that spectators would be limited to 50% of the venue capacity, or a maximum of 10,000 people, with international spectators prohibited.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was released early on Wednesday after being hospitalized due to exhaustion. According to rumors in the media, she will be working from home indefinitely.
The first portion of the 15-day Olympic torch relay planned to take place in Tokyo was moved off public highways on Tuesday.

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