Japan declares state of emergency in Tokyo two weeks before start of Olympics

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The Tokyo Olympics is set to take place behind closed doors after the Japanese Government enforced a state of emergency across the city.

10,000 spectators were expected at the Games, which begin on July 23, despite a ban on overseas fans earlier this year.

However, a surge in Covid-19 cases means athletes will need to compete in empty stadiums and arenas.

July 7 saw 920 new cases of the virus in Tokyo, which was the highest amount since May 13.

And Japanese politicians have taken the decision to place the capital in a state of emergency for the fourth time since the start of the pandemic last year.

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