An athletics meet takes place without spectators at Tokyo's National Stadium last August. Japan is facing many unanswered questions about how to hold the Olympic Games this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. | KYODO
An athletics meet takes place without spectators at Tokyo’s National Stadium last August. Japan is facing many unanswered questions about how to hold the Olympic Games this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. | KYODO

COVID-19 round-up

  • Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that Japan’s second state of emergency should be extended by around two weeks for the greater Tokyo metropolitan area. On Thursday, Tokyo reported 279 new COVID-19 cases.
  • With less than five months until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, Japan still faces many unanswered questions about how to hold the world’s biggest sporting event amid the coronavirus pandemic, one major concern being whether spectators will be admitted.
  • New research from Japan shows that people may one day be able to vaccinate themselves against maladies — from the coronavirus to the flu — simply by applying a patch to their skin that allows the vaccine to be absorbed into the body quicker than with conventional medical patches.
  • Vaccine breakthroughs had initially sparked hope that the virus could be largely contained, but data on new variants has undercut that optimism.

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