Japan PM Suga declares state of emergency due to COVID-19 two week ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 8 : Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday made a decision to place Tokyo under the fourth state of emergency for the duration of the upcoming Olympics to curb a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year and are now scheduled to take place from July 23. The state of emergency will come into force on July 12 and will remain till August 22.

Suga said the state of emergency would go into effect on Monday and last through August 22, kyodo news agency reported.

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