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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan expands COVID emergency as experts debate Olympic factor

Village bubble seems to hold but some see Games driving Tokyo records indirectly

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga calls on his country's citizens to watch the Olympics at home, in a news conference on July 30 to announce the expansion of COVID restrictions. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Responding to a dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday evening declared an expanded state of emergency in the capital's neighboring Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, as well as Osaka.

The alerts will last until Aug. 31, as will current emergencies within Tokyo and Okinawa. "I want [people] to act carefully about visiting families and other activities" over the summer holiday season, Suga said.

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