Japan to expand virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to further expand a coronavirus state of emergency, currently in Tokyo and five other prefectures, to nine areas as the government is determined to hold the Olympics in just over two months. Japan has been struggling to slow the infections ahead of the Games. The three additions include Japan’s northern island state of Hokkaido, where the Olympic marathon will be held, as well as Hiroshima and Okayama in western Japan. Bars, karaoke parlors and most entertainment facilities are required to close. Business owner who comply will be compensated; those who don’t face fines. The expansion of the state of emergency is a major shift from the government’s initial plan that relied on less stringent measures that were deemed insufficient.   

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