March 12, 2020 / 2:41 AM / a month ago

Japan says no change in planning for Olympics amid coronavirus

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday that there is no change in planning for the 2020 Olympics, set to start in July, and there is also no need to declare a state of emergency in Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Suga told a news conference that a team of experts said earlier this week there has been no explosive spread of the virus in Japan so there is no need for drastic steps such as a state of emergency, but that Japan was maintaining its vigilance as the virus continues to spread.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Kim Coghill

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