The Japanese government on Friday extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other provinces until at least June 20, a month before the city was scheduled to host the Olympic Games.
Although new coronavirus infections are decreasing, Japan is still registering more than 4,200 cases a day A long fourth wave Due to which the medical system has collapsed in many cities. Officials said it was necessary to continue the ban on businesses implemented in April until the caseload collapses.
“The newly reported cases are downstream, but they are still at a high level,” said Yasutoshi Nishimura, a government minister who led Japan’s Kovid-19 response.
As part of emergency measures, restaurants, department stores and other major commercial businesses have been ordered to reduce their hours of operation, and dining establishments are prohibited from serving alcohol.
Japan’s vaccine rollout has been the slowest in the industrialized world, with only 2.4 percent of the population fully vaccinated. A New York Times Database. Earlier this week, the country opened its first mass vaccination site in an effort to introduce vaccination. But the government’s current goals only call for people over 65 to be fully vaccinated by the end of July, when the summer games would have begun.
Amid disappointment over the government’s response to the epidemic, public opposition to hosting the Olympics, which was postponed from last year, has increased. In a recent survey, 43 percent Japanese people He said that he did not want Tokyo to host the Games. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper, an official Olympic participant, published an editorial call on Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga, To cancel games.
But organizers and Japanese officials have insisted that the games continue. On Thursday, Tokyo Olympics chief executive Toshiro Muto said, “No one on the executive board has explicitly mentioned the idea that we should cancel or postpone the Games,” adding that in cases of coronovirus Due to the decline, public opinion will improve. “