The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will not run through the streets of Osaka prefecture next week because of rising COVID-19 cases.
- The Governor of Japan’s second-biggest city, Osaka, has declared a medical emergency amid rising cases of COVID-19
- The Olympic torch relay is due to pass through Osaka prefecture on April 13-14, but public events have now been cancelled
- Torch runners who wish to run will now gather in an Osaka park, with no spectators allowed
The move is a setback for Tokyo organisers, who began the relay two weeks ago from northeastern Fukushima prefecture with 10,000 runners planning to crisscross Japan over the course of four months.
The Olympics open in just over 100 days, on July 23.
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