People are seen shopping in Tokyo’s Shibuya area. The city is battling a surge in coronavirus infections amid concerns about mutations and lagging vaccination rates. Photo: Kyodo People are seen shopping in Tokyo’s Shibuya area. The city is battling a surge in coronavirus infections amid concerns about mutations and lagging vaccination rates. Photo: Kyodo
People are seen shopping in Tokyo’s Shibuya area. The city is battling a surge in coronavirus infections amid concerns about mutations and lagging vaccination rates. Photo: Kyodo

Japan battles coronavirus mutations, slow vaccination rate as it gears up for Tokyo Olympics

  • The Tokyo and Osaka governors want a state of emergency to contain the fourth wave, with most cases being the UK variant, although others have been identified
  • Japan has only vaccinated 1.2 million people, or 1 per cent of its population, meaning it will not achieve herd immunity before the Olympic Games start on July 23

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
People are seen shopping in Tokyo’s Shibuya area. The city is battling a surge in coronavirus infections amid concerns about mutations and lagging vaccination rates. Photo: Kyodo People are seen shopping in Tokyo’s Shibuya area. The city is battling a surge in coronavirus infections amid concerns about mutations and lagging vaccination rates. Photo: Kyodo
People are seen shopping in Tokyo’s Shibuya area. The city is battling a surge in coronavirus infections amid concerns about mutations and lagging vaccination rates. Photo: Kyodo
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