Japan lifts COVID-19 state of emergency in nine prefectures ahead of Games – .

Japan lifts COVID-19 state of emergency in nine prefectures ahead of Games – .

The Japanese government has lifted the country’s state of emergency in nine of its 47 prefectures ahead of the Olympics. Seven regions, including Tokyo – the host city of the Olympics – and Osaka will remain under a state of near emergency until July 11.

According to Reuters, Japan will lift the state of emergency on June 20, just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23.

At a recent COVID-19 response headquarters meeting, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga revealed that the government will return to tightening restrictions if the number of COVID-19 begins to rise. Restaurants in these prefectures will have to close at 8 p.m. and establishments will stop serving alcohol at 7 p.m.

“I think there will be fewer critically ill patients during the games and there will be less burden on the medical systems. Suga said.

The maximum number of spectators for large events will be 50 percent of capacity or 5,000 people. And of these spectators, none will come from outside of Japan.

In addition, the country is hoping that the increased deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine will help matters. Suga the country is averaging 1 million doses administered per day. The Japanese will start getting vaccinated at their workplace on Monday.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23 and end on August 8.


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