Audiences were banned due to the state of emergency announced

The Japanese Olympics will be held without an audience due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus.

Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa announced Thursday evening after discussions with stakeholders and organizers.

The state of emergency in Tokyo is carried out throughout the convention to fight the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters that it would be implemented from July 12th and will stay there until August 22nd.

Alcohol is not allowed in bars and restaurants and must be closed by 20:00 (11:00 GMT).

Coronavirus infections are increasing in Tokyo as the opening ceremony on July 23 approaches.

In Japan, there are widespread calls for postponement or cancellation of the tournament.

“We need to take into account the effects of coronavirus variants and step up measures to prevent the infection from spreading nationwide again,” he said.

“Based on the situation, we will issue a state of emergency in Tokyo.”

Seiko Hashimoto, representative of Tokyo 2020, said, “We need to send a strong and easy-to-understand message from the perspective of preventing further spread, hours before the decision to ban the audience. [of the virus].. “

The state of emergency was announced after a meeting with the Organizing Committee, the government, and Thomas Bach, chairman of the International Olympic Committee, who had just arrived in Japan.

The Olympic Games will be held in the Japanese capital from July 23rd to August 8th. The Paralympics are from August 24th to September 5th.

What about Covid in Japan?

A new wave of infection began in April, but the country as a whole has a relatively small number of cases and deaths of about 14,900.

On Wednesday, there were 2,180 new cases reported in the country. About 920 of them are in Tokyo, up from 714 last week, the highest since May 13, 1,010.

The deployment of vaccinations in Japan has been delayed, with over 15% of the country fully vaccinated. There is growing concern about the threat of delta variants.

In Tokyo and Osaka, which have been hit hardest by the recent surge, authorities say they are 65 or older. Full vaccination by the end of July..

Entry into Japan by foreigners from 159 countries -Including the United Kingdom-is currently banned.

Do Japanese people want the Olympics?

There is a lot of opposition to games that have already been postponed for a year for Covid-19 and are experiencing setbacks, including major cost overruns.

According to the Asahi Shimbun’s June poll, 80% of the population wanted to cancel or postpone the game..

Paper too Asked to cancel them..

Public audience sites have been abolished, and businesses are hesitant to advertise as there is widespread opposition to Olympic-related advertising.

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