Japan Extends Covid State of Emergency Before Olympics

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Tokyo: Japan will extend a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas on Friday until just a month before the Olympics.

Tokyo and nine other parts of the country are currently under emergency orders which mostly involve closing bars and restaurants early and banning them from selling alcohol.

The emergency was supposed to expire at the end of May in most places, but the government now says it needs more time to control a fourth wave of infections.

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