TEMPO.CO, Tokyo - The Japanese government decided on Thursday, July 8, to put capital Tokyo under the fourth state of emergency over COVID-19, covering the duration of the Olympics, in an effort to curb a recent surge in infections.
The emergency state will be effective from Monday to Aug. 22, which may cause the Summer Olympic Games to be held without spectators at venues in the capital.
Japan's Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa said that spectators will not be allowed to enter venues situated in Tokyo during the Olympic Games.
Marukawa said after a five-party meeting which was also attended remotely by IOC president Thomas Bach.
"The venues in Tokyo will not include spectators," she said through an interpreter.
The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 920 new infected cases on Wednesday, reaching a new high since the peak of Japan's fourth wave in mid-May and exceeding the figure from a week earlier for the 18th straight day.