How Japan plans to host the Olympics with rise of Corna cases.


2021 Toyo Olympics

Japan is scheduled to host the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo this summer from July 23 to August 8. The biggest concern that Japan has with this is the new rise in covid cases with 1,792 cases reported Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Japan to more than 392,000 and more than 5,800 dead. Because of this, Japan has extended the state of emergency in Tokyo and 8 other provinces to March 7 to try and gain control of these numbers. This state of emergency includes workers to stay home when at all times possible, restaurants and bars to close at 8pm, and any sports or entertainment events have a very limited number of people. Unlike the lock downs that other countries have applied to fight the virus, Japan struggles with its high numbers of covid due to the government not taking enough action. 

Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute for Population Health at King’s College London says, “On one hand they encouraged domestic travel and eating out, on the other they just asked people to take caution.”

With the lack of precaution and enforcing things such as social distancing, are the reasons why Japan is having such high numbers and is forced to extend their state of emergency in order to hopefully have the virus under control by the time the Olympics are held in Tokyo in July. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hopes to lift the state of emergency before the deadline on March 7 in order to provide some relief for the people.