The Japanese government plans to extend Covid-19 states of emergency to four prefectures, including three surrounding the capital Tokyo, which is currently hosting the Summer Olympics, according to national broadcaster NHK.
Those four prefectures — Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa and Osaka — are currently under less restrictive, quasi-emergency measures, according to NHK.
Tokyo and Okinawa are already under states of emergency.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, “the government is dealing with the situation with a strong sense of urgency” and he has called a meeting of experts for Friday to discuss the state of emergency.
It comes as Tokyo reported its third consecutive day of record high Covid cases on Thursday, with 3,865 new infections, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Nationwide, Japan reported 10,385 new cases, topping 10,000 for the first time since the pandemic began.