Tokyo asks central government to extend state of emergency
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko asked the central government to extend the state of emergency covering the capital on May 26. Ten prefectures nationwide, including hard-hit Osaka, are currently under a state of emergency. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko/ The state of emergency has been somewhat effective in decreasing the number of new cases, but we haven't been able to contain the epidemic. We also need to consider the timing of vaccination. Experts said last week that most of the new cases in Tokyo are now the more contagious coronavirus variants. The city is expected to stage the Olympics and Paralympics which will start on July 23.