Tokyo considers COVID emergency extension

Japan is considering whether to extend a COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo.
Japan is considering whether to extend a COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo.

The Japanese government is considering an extension of the state of emergency for Tokyo and other major urban areas that was scheduled to end on May 11, the Yomiuri Newspaper says.

Japan had placed Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures under a 17-day state of emergency on April 25 in an effort to reverse the surge in coronavirus infections.

An extension of the emergency restrictions would come with fewer than three months left until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, fanning persistent concerns over whether they can be held as planned.

Australian Associated Press