Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a coronavirus state of emergency on July 8, the fourth since the start of the pandemic. To minimize transmission of the virus, Japan decided that the Tokyo Olympics, already postponed by a year, will be held without spectators.
With just days to go until the Opening Ceremonies, these announcements have increased international concern about the safety of more than 11,000 athletes representing over 200 nations. There are reports of contagion at venues hosting the athletes despite Japan’s coronavirus bubble. And the announcements raise the political stakes for the Suga government as it eyes upcoming parliamentary elections amid low approval numbers.… Seguir leyendo »