Japan extended a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas for 20 more days as less than 50 days remain for Tokyo Olympics.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga while announcing the decision that he was aware that many people are voicing concern about holding the Olympics and Paralympics. I take them seriously, and I will proceed with preparations for a safe and secure games.”
The 20-day extension covers nine areas ranging from Hokkaido in the north to Fukuoka in the south. A 10th area, the southern island prefecture of Okinawa, is already under emergency status through June 20.