Covid-19 pandemic in Japan: Japan extends emergency to Tokyo and expands it to new regions as the Olympic Games handle the spread of Covid-19 cases.
These limits are set around the capital and in the city of Osaka.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has warned that diseases are spreading in an unprecedented way, and urged the country to watch the games at home.
New cases are fueled by Delta’s highly contagious diversity.
“If the increase in infection does not stop, the severe symptoms increase and the treatment plan may be under pressure,” Mr Suga said.
Earlier, Health Minister Norihisa Tamura warned that the country had entered a new, “terrifying” phase of the epidemic.
“I think people don’t look ahead and, worried about how long this situation will last, find it unbearable that they will not be able to return to normal daily life,” Reuters said.
Japan has been successful in the fight against Covid-19, keeping cases and deaths low for months, but now sees recordings.
Daily cases across the country reached 10,000 for the first time on Thursday, more than a third of them in the capital.
Tokyo – where the Olympics are the most popular – has seen three consecutive days of recording cases, even though it is already in an emergency. Hospitals are under increasing pressure from the city.
Olympic organizers reported 27 new infections at the Games on Friday, bringing the total since the beginning of July to more than 200. But with stricter rules in place, including a ban on spectators, organizers deny that the event is causing an increase in cases.
Apart from this, some experts are concerned that hosting the Olympics in such cases sends a confusing message to the public about the need to reduce daily life.
Under emergency, bars and restaurants should stop serving alcohol and close early.
The three states, known in Japan as the provinces, along with Osaka, will be subject to restrictions from 2-31 August, with steps already taken in Tokyo extended until the end of the month.
While some countries have imposed legal restrictions on residents, in Japan people are only advised to work from home, so questions have been raised about how these new measures will work.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the key to controlling the disease was young people, urging them to be vaccinated, but the BBC’s Mariko Oi said this was wrong given the low availability of doses.
Less than 30% of people are fully vaccinated, with officials aiming to catch all those who want the dose in October or November.
Speaking to the Media, some young people in Japan were skeptical of whether the new measures would work.
“I can see we’re getting used to the emergency situation, so it doesn’t stop people from getting out,” said one.
“If the government really wants to stop the spread of the virus, they should shut us down and provide us with financial support,” said one.
Other countries in the region have also tightened laws to curb the spread of Delta-infected diversity, with China stopping flights in Nanjing and Australia using Sydney troops.