The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin in two weeks, making the latest news outside of Japan quite troubling.
The country declared a state of emergency in Tokyo on Wednesday amid an increase in coronavirus infections, according to BNO News.
According to Reuters, Japan now plans to ban all spectators at the Olympics. The country has previously banned foreign spectators because of COVID-19 concerns.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said last week that he will decide on new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. These measures are planned to determine whether spectators can attend Olympic events, adds Reuters.
Tokyo reported 920 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday, the highest since May 13, according to Reuters. Only a quarter of Japan’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A decision on virus restrictions in Tokyo will be made Thursday after Suga spoke with health experts. The Japanese government is also scheduled to meet with the International Olympic Committee this week to discuss the issue of spectators.
Has been announced last month that 10,000 fans (50% capacity) will be allowed at each Olympic venue. If this decision is upheld, fans will be required to wear masks, and no acclaim is allowed. More than 3.64 million tickets have been sold to Japanese residents.
Residents of Japan the protests began against the Olympics several months ago, holding placards that read “Push the Olympic Torch” and “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics.”
Eighty percent of Japanese citizens are against the Olympics, according to a recent survey, and 43 percent of those people want to cancel the Summer Games.