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Japan may downgrade emergency until Olympics

The Japanese government is considering ending a state of emergency in Tokyo several other prefectures as scheduled on June 20, but keeping a downgraded “quasi-emergency” state until the Olympics start in July, the Mainichi daily reported.

New coronavirus infections in Olympics city Tokyo have inched down during the last month of emergency restrictions although authorities remain concerned about the spread of variants the continued strain on medical resources.

The Mainichi newspaper reported on Friday the government would ask restaurants to keep shorter hours impose other curbs under the targeted quasi-emergency measures. Bars restaurants are now asked to close by 8 p.m. are banned from serving alcohol.

A final decision is expected late next week, a few days before the end of the current emergency state, which also covers the northern isl of Hokkaido, host of the marathon event.

Polls have shown a majority of the Japanese public opposes holding the Games this year, worried about the flood of athletes officials from overseas. Japan has effectively been closed to foreign visitors since the pemic broke out last year.

The Japanese government Olympic organisers have said the Games would go ahead - barring “Armageddon”, as one Olympic Committee (IOC) member put it. The Olympics are scheduled to start on 23 July.


Hello welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pemic with me, Helen Sullivan.

Here are today’s top stories so far:

G7 leaders meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, after the global coronavirus pemic forced last year’s event to be cancelled.

The Japanese government is considering ending a state of emergency in Tokyo several other prefectures as scheduled on June 20, but keeping a downgraded “quasi-emergency” state until the Olympics start in July, the Mainichi daily reported.

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