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Japan Expands Tokyo Emergency Amid Record Surge During Olympics

  • Suga says latest virus wave not linked to Tokyo Games
  • Nationwide cases soar to more than 10,000 for first time
A worker removes a sign from outside a ramen bar as it closes early due to Covid-19 restrictions in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, on July 29.
A worker removes a sign from outside a ramen bar as it closes early due to Covid-19 restrictions in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, on July 29.Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expanded a state of emergency to areas surrounding Tokyo and extended it to the end of August, in the face of a record virus surge unfolding as his country hosts the Olympics.

Suga announced the move Friday at a government task force meeting and said the virus emergency would also add Osaka. He later said the Tokyo surge wasn’t related to the Olympics that are being held without spectators, calling on people to stay home and watch the games on television.