Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday urged residents to avoid non-essential tours until April 12.
- Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 because of coronavirus
She warned of the risk of an explosive increase in coronavirus infections in the capital of Japan.
At a news conference, Koike said the situation was serious, especially after 41 new cases were reported in Tokyo on Wednesday alone.
Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021, after Japanese Prime Minister’s request
She asked residents to cooperate to contain the spread, avoiding unnecessary outings, working from home as much as possible and staying away from restaurants and meetings.
“To avoid an excess of infections, the cooperation of Tokyo residents is essential. I ask that you act with a sense of crisis,” said Koike.
The city has become the center of the coronavirus epidemic in Japan, with 212 cases, more than any other region after increases this week.
Tokyo overtook the island of Hokkaido, in the north of the island, hit on Tuesday as the municipality with the most infections, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Japan has 1,193 cases, and 43 died of Covid-19, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday for a one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, which was scheduled for July 24. The sporting authority accepted, and the competition was postponed to 2021.
The IOC released, in a note, the following information:
“In the present circumstance, and based on information provided by the World Health Organization, the IOC President and Prime Minister of Japan concluded that the Games of the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo should be rescheduled for a date beyond 2020, but not later summer 2021, to ensure the health of athletes, all involved in the Games and the international community. ”