Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Tuesday the government will extend the state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and eight other prefectures.
Eleven of Japan's 47 prefectures are currently under a state of emergency that orders companies to facilitate work from home where possible, and requires restaurants to close by 8 p.m. Sports and entertainment events in Japan are also required to limit the number of attendees.
Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, will be the only prefecture to have its state of emergency lifted on Sunday, with the remaining 10 prefectures continuing the state of emergency until March 7, Suga said in a press conference Tuesday.
The state of emergency will remain in place for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Fukuoka.
Some background: The move comes as questions persist over the country's readiness to host the Olympics, which are scheduled to be held in Tokyo this summer from July 23 to August 8.
Earlier Tuesday, the President of Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Yoshiro Mori said the Olympic Games will be held in 2021 "no matter how the Covid situation will be."
Japan's Health Ministry reported on 1,792 new Covid-19 cases and 72 deaths from Monday, bringing the country's total cases to more than 392,000 and more than 5,800 dead. Almost 50,000 Covid-19 patients are in need of hospital-level medical care as of Monday.