Japan Extends Emergency Amid Vaccine, Olympic Uncertainty
Feb 2, 2021, 5:11 AM | Updated: Feb 12, 2023, 5:58 pm
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan is extending a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other areas through March 7.
The announcement by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of the one-month extension comes amid growing uncertainty over the national rollout of vaccines and the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Under the state of emergency, the government has issued non-binding requests for people to avoid crowds and eating out in groups, and for restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m.
New cases have declined in Tokyo and nationwide since early January, but experts say hospitals remain flooded with serious cases and that preventive measures should remain in place.