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Japan prepares to reimplement state of emergency declaration for Tokyo

Japan prepares to reimplement state of emergency declaration for Tokyo
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Japan is preparing to reimplement its state of emergency declaration for Tokyo due to the increase in coronavirus cases as the country is getting ready to host the Olympics this summer.

“We should not fall behind the speed at which variants of the virus are spreading infection,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Koike said on Tuesday she would be asking Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to declare another state of emergency due to the difficulty in containing the coronavirus in the city.

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Suga suggested he would grant the request, making it the city’s third state of emergency declaration during the pandemic.

Suga said the declaration would not affect the Olympics, which are slated to start July 23.

Osaka’s governor also asked the central government to declare a state of emergency for the area.

Osaka is seeing the British variant of the virus spreading quickly and is running out of beds for the sick, according to the Journal.

Tokyo cases of the British variant aren’t as high but are spreading quickly.

Tokyo lifted its last state of emergency back in March but has seen an increase in cases since.

The restrictions for the requested state of emergency are not clear but might be harsher than previous ones with restaurants and stores closing down.

Tokyo is working to control its cases before the Olympics and has preemptively banned foreign spectators as a precautionary measure.