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Tokyo put under COVID state of emergency during the Olympics

Suga warns of delta spread, with latest restrictions to run through end of games

Morning commutes have changed little during Tokyo's fight to keep Japan's economic engine humming while also guarding against a surge in infections. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government decided on Thursday to place Tokyo under a state of emergency as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga tries to pull off hosting the Olympics without sparking a COVID-19 crisis amid a steady rise in infections in the capital and surrounding areas.

Tokyo thus joins Okinawa, the southernmost island prefecture that has been under a state of emergency since May 23.

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