by Elaine Lies and Chang-Ran Kim
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government on Wednesday said it would extend the state of emergency declared last week in the Tokyo region to seven new prefectures as the spread of the coronavirus epidemic now threatens the holding of Olympic Games scheduled for this summer.
This decision was taken at the call of the governors of Osaka, Kyoto and other prefectures hit hard by the pandemic, so that local authorities have a legal basis to impose restrictions on populations and businesses.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the state of emergency would be extended to the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Fukuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Tochigi. With this announcement, 55% of the 126 million inhabitants of Japan are now affected by the state of emergency in force until February 7.
According to public television NHK, the number of coronavirus infections in Japan since the start of the epidemic surpassed the 300,000 case mark on Wednesday while 4,187 people have died of the disease.
Faced with this third wave of infections, polls show that the population is more and more opposed to the holding of the Olympic Games scheduled for July 23 to August 8.
In the NHK survey conducted over the weekend, only 16% of those polled said they were in favor of hosting the Olympics – down 11 percentage points from the poll conducted last month. Seventy-seven percent of those polled believe the Games should be canceled or postponed.
(Elaine Lies, Chang-Ran Kim, Mari Saito, Ritsuko Ando; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Blandine Hénault)
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