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New Tokyo state of emergency raises odds of spectator-less Olympics

Capital faces tougher COVID-19 restrictions through Aug. 22 as cases grow

With Tokyo under a state of emergency, the upcoming Olympics will likely be held without spectators.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has decided to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo as COVID-19 infections continue to rise, increasing the chances that the Olympics will be held without spectators.

The new state of emergency is set to begin Monday and last until Aug. 22, after the Tokyo Olympics are over. A formal decision will be announced after a Thursday meeting of experts. This will be its fourth COVID emergency decree since April 2020.

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