Japan Expands Coronavirus State of Emergency During Olympic Games

The country is seeing a startling rise in cases.

Sports
9,832 Hypes 16 Comments

As coronavirus cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expanded emergency measures already in place in Tokyo to four additional regions, Associated Press reports.

The new areas under the state of emergency are Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba and Osaka. As the center of the Olympic Games, Tokyo has been placed under strict rules, including banning spectators at the Olympic events. The newly-included prefectures will be under a state of emergency until Monday, August 31.

The expansion of the pre-existing state of emergency comes as Tokyo has reported an uptick in cases for three continuous days. On Thursday, 3,865 new cases were reported and there were an additional 3,300 cases on Friday. According to AP, officials have claimed that the surge is not related to the Olympic Games that are currently underway until August 8.

“Infections are expanding in the Tokyo and western metropolitan areas at an enormous speed that we have never experienced before,” Suga said. “If the spike continues at the current pace with the spread of the more contagious delta variant, Japan’s medical system could collapse.”

In related news, Japan’s perception of skateboarding could change thanks to Olympic wins.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Japan's Perception of Skateboarding Could Change Thanks to Olympic Wins
Sports

Japan's Perception of Skateboarding Could Change Thanks to Olympic Wins

“…I think that will change now,” pro skater Ryo Seijiri shared.

Tokyo Olympics Officially Bans Spectators Over COVID Concerns
Sports

Tokyo Olympics Officially Bans Spectators Over COVID Concerns

The city is facing a surge in cases.

Dog Days of Tokyo May Obstruct Olympic Athletes' Performance
Sports

Dog Days of Tokyo May Obstruct Olympic Athletes' Performance

2018 saw 1,000 deaths from heatwaves.


U.S. Advising Travellers Against Going to Japan Ahead of Olympics
Sports

U.S. Advising Travellers Against Going to Japan Ahead of Olympics

Due to the rise in Coronavirus cases throughout the nation.

The Anish Kapoor Foundation Will Repurpose a Crumbling Venice Palace
Art

The Anish Kapoor Foundation Will Repurpose a Crumbling Venice Palace

Part exhibition space, part bookstore, part studio.

Kanye West is Hosting a 'DONDA' Album Release Party on August 5
Music

Kanye West is Hosting a 'DONDA' Album Release Party on August 5

His manager confirmed the news to HYPEBEAST.

Moncler Unveils Its New LA Flagship With a Series of Sculptures by Steven Harrington
Art

Moncler Unveils Its New LA Flagship With a Series of Sculptures by Steven Harrington

Three distinctive designs in the artists laid-back Californian aesthetic.

Newest adidas Y-3 4D IOW Runner Alternates Between a Mid and a Low Top
Footwear

Newest adidas Y-3 4D IOW Runner Alternates Between a Mid and a Low Top

The two-way model is bolstered with 4D cushioning.

Halsey Releases Eerie Second Trailer for ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ IMAX Film
Music

Halsey Releases Eerie Second Trailer for ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ IMAX Film

Out in theaters on August 25.


Rich the Kid Flexes His Luxury Fit in Video for New Song ”Prada”
Music

Rich the Kid Flexes His Luxury Fit in Video for New Song ”Prada”

Repping his mantra of staying “Rich Forever.”

Billie Eilish Survives a Flood in “Happier Than Ever” Music Video
Music

Billie Eilish Survives a Flood in “Happier Than Ever” Music Video

Leading her newly-released sophomore album.

Nike Air Max 96 II "Midnight Navy" is Furnished With USA Color Schemes
Footwear

Nike Air Max 96 II "Midnight Navy" is Furnished With USA Color Schemes

The stars on the heels and insoles further express its patriotic motif.

Twitter is Offering Cash Prizes to People Who Can Help Spot AI Bias
Tech

Twitter is Offering Cash Prizes to People Who Can Help Spot AI Bias

Part of an effort to fix its algorithms.

Dennis Busenitz and adidas Skateboarding Celebrate 15-Year Partnership with New Busenitz Indoor Super Colorway
Footwear

Dennis Busenitz and adidas Skateboarding Celebrate 15-Year Partnership with New Busenitz Indoor Super Colorway

A skate shoe inspired by a cult favorite indoor squash sneaker from the ’80s.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.