After 3,300 new cases on Friday, Japan has expanded its state of emergency to three more prefectures close to Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka. Organizers have announced that 27 of the cases were linked to the Olympics.

The new measures will be in place from August 2 to August 31. Tokyo itself – where emergency restrictions have already been implemented – will observe the same timeframe, with regulations expected to last until the end of next month.

The decision to expand the areas under a state of emergency comes in response to Japan having this week recorded the highest number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic. Friday’s tally of 3,300 came after a record 3,865 cases on Thursday. (RT)