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Japan to declare state of emergency in Tokyo 2 weeks before Olympics

Japan's government is set to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo due to a COVID-19 spike, a minister who heads the government's coronavirus response said Thursday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: It'll be in effect throughout the Olympics, confirmed Yasutoshi Nishimura, the economy minister, after a government meeting. The government will decide after talks with International Olympic Committee officials later Thursday whether to ban all spectators, which medical experts say could help slow the virus' spread, AP notes.

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