Americans warned not to travel to Japan as Tokyo Olympics near

Americans warned not to travel to Japan as Tokyo Olympics near
Demonstrators protest against the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Monday, May 17. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The Tokyo Olympics are facing increasing hurdles in putting on a 2021 show. The latest troubling sign for the Olympics came Monday when the US State Department advised Americans against traveling to Japan because of a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases.

The “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory from the State Department is the highest cautionary level in the department’s hierarchy of warnings.

It’s been more than a year since US citizens have paid tourist calls to the nation. Japan has been closed to US leisure travelers throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with only “very limited” circumstances in which Americans could enter.

The Olympics, postponed in 2020 during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, are still scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8 in Japan.

Japan has seen a big increase in coronavirus cases, which have steadily risen since a state of emergency was lifted in March.

The country’s vaccine rollout has been slow compared with other nations in Asia because of a shortage of medical professionals and a lack of syringes. Only about 2% of Japanese citizens have gotten at least one shot of Covid-19 vaccine.

Japanese government plans to open large-scale vaccination facilities in Tokyo and Osaka to speed up the process.

The Health Ministry of the country formally approved two Covid-19 vaccines (Moderna and AstraZeneca) on May 21.

The vaccine rollout also contrasts sharply with the US vaccination campaign, with at least 25 states now having at least 50% of its adult population fully vaccinated.

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