Emergencies in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo have been announced since April 25, just three months before the Olympics.
Japan has declared a third emergency in Tokyo and three western regions as the country struggles to re-introduce the coronavirus just three months before the Olympics.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency on Friday in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 to May 11.
The aim is to “make it shorter and bigger” to prevent people from traveling and spreading the virus during the Japanese holiday week from late April to the first week of May, Suga said.
Japan has reported more than 550,000 cases of coronavirus, including 9,805 deaths, since Friday, since the outbreak began. But recent developments in the case have alarmed medical authorities and experts as the government and Olympic organizers insist that the Games continue in July and August this year.
Earlier, Japan’s anti-virus minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, warned of a “severe crisis”, saying current sanctions were not enough.
This will be stronger than the last Japanese emergency, made in some parts of the country since January, but it is still very limited in what has been happening in other countries.
Officials want bars and restaurants to stop selling or closing liquor, and to close down restaurants as a bar.
Spectators will also be banned from the game, who can still go through the door, and encourage remote workers.
Although the procession starts on Sunday, Tokyo Ambassador Yuriko Koike urged people to take immediate precautions, including avoiding street drinking after restaurants and restaurants are running out.
He urged businesses to turn off the lights at night to encourage people to stay away.
“After 8pm, we ask that the street signs, neon signs be turned off,” he said. He added, “It will be dark at night, with only lights on,” preventing people from walking. “
‘This is not possible’
On Friday, Tokyo received 759 cases, with Osaka recording 1,162 new cases, slightly higher in number in the first week.
Officials in Osaka say hospitals are already full and beds are declining.
Officials are insisting that this happen it has nothing to do with game preparation, and Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto told reporters on Friday that “we are not considering removing it”.
“We are thinking about how to prepare in a way that puts security first and makes people feel that it can be done safely, and makes them more secure,” Hashimoto said.
But the prevalence of the disease has already disrupted everything from the Olympic Torch Relay – which has been forced to leave state roads in several places – to test the status quo.
An Australian swimming team on Friday walked away from the World Diving World Cup scheduled for May in Tokyo, saying it was “not good” to go to Japan.
The vaccination system in Japan is progressing slowly with more than 1.5 million people who have been vaccinated for the first time and only 827,000 have been fully vaccinated.