Decision on anti-virus measures expected Thursday

The Japanese government will discuss a possible extension of targeted anti-coronavirus measures on Wednesday. It plans to make a decision as early as Thursday after listening to experts' opinions. The decision could affect attendance at the Olympic games.

Focused anti-infection measures are in place in Tokyo and nine other prefectures. A state of emergency is also in effect for Okinawa Prefecture. They are scheduled to continue through Sunday.

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide held discussions with relevant cabinet ministers on Tuesday on how to proceed.

The number of new cases has been rising in Tokyo and three nearby prefectures where the focused measures are in place.

In Tokyo, the daily figures rose week on week for the 17th straight day on Tuesday.

Government officials are considering an extension of targeted measures in Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures. Options being studied include a possible declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo.

The government will also consider strengthening anti-infection measures in and around Tokyo, where it says many restaurants have not responded to requests to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. or to close by 8 p.m.

As for the Olympics, plans under consideration include holding nighttime events and events at large-scale venues without spectators.

The government plans to discuss capacity limits during talks with the Games' organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the International Olympic and Paralympic committees as soon as it updates its policies.
The five parties are expected to reach a decision on spectators by the end of the week.