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Will the Tokyo Olympics go on? Japan declares a state of emergency


The future of the Tokyo Olympics is in question after Japan declared a state of emergency due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, over 7,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Japan with 2,447 in Tokyo, both record highs for the country.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration, saying it will last at least a month.

“I am confident we can overcome this,” Suga told reporters. “But I must ask all of you to endure a restricted life for a while longer.”

The Olympics were originally scheduled for 2020 and have already been postponed once. And they are still officially scheduled to begin in July 2021.

But in the wake of the declaration,…


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