Tokyo's medical system ready for Games - governor

Speaking ahead of the Games, which are due to start in 10 days, Yuriko Koike said the city was ready to "press ahead," thanks to a low death rate and a decline in seriously ill COVID patients.

The Japanese capital entered its fourth state of emergency on Monday (July 12) causing bars and restaurants to close early, amid a rebound in COVID-19 cases that also pushed the Games organisers last week to ban spectators from nearly all venues.

Spectators from abroad were already banned months ago, and officials are now asking residents to watch the Games on TV to keep the movement of people to a minimum.

The Games, postponed from last year because of the pandemic, run from July 23 to August 8, while the state of emergency - the capital's fourth - lasts until August 22, shortly before the Paralympics begin.