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Tokyo Olympics torch exhibition postponed to prevent COVID-19 spread

Keeping the downhill situation of COVID-19 in mind, the exhibition of Tokyo Olympic & Paralympics across the greater Tokyo area has been postponed. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement that the decision has been taken to “reduce the flow of people and the further spread of Covid-19”, Xinhua news agency reported.

The torches have already travelled to 14 places since November 2, and were scheduled to be exhibited on Thursday, 7th January in Akiruno City, Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition has been postponed to 29th January.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area including Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanazawa prefectures, which may lead to the postponement of other exhibitions as well. He has authorized tougher measures to fight a resurgence in Covid-19 infections.


The state of emergency will be effective from January 8 to February 7, with measures which include urging people to stay home and calling for bars & restaurants to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. and close by 8 p.m.