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Japan Virus Surge Raises Worries Over New Tokyo Emergency

  • Yuriko Koike instructs officials to consider taking the step
  • Survey shows broad opposition to holding Games as planned
State of Emergency Takes Effect As PM Abe Warns of Surge to 80,000 Coronavirus Cases
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The governors of Tokyo and Osaka opened the door to declaring another virus emergency in Japan’s biggest metro areas as infections surge, adding to the challenges facing an Olympics that’s less than 100 days away in the capital.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters late Sunday she had instructed officials to consider a state of emergency as an option to contain infection numbers that rose over the weekend to the highest in more than two months, when the last declaration was in effect in the capital. Her comments came as a new survey showed broad opposition to holding the delayed 2020 Games in the city.