The Japanese Government has today (Wednesday) announced that it plans to permit up to 10,000 spectators for major events in prefectures in which it has lifted a COVID-19 state of emergency, a rule that is likely to apply for the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of COVID-19 response, said the proposed measure will come into effect once the state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan ends on June 20. It is expected to run through to the end of August.

“It is important that we maintain thorough anti-infection measures to prevent a rebound in cases, especially as we foresee a spread of the Delta variant,” Nishimura told a government advisory panel which endorsed the plan, according to the AFP news agency.

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