The Games are still scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8 in Japan.
Covid-19 outbreak in Japan
Its vaccine rollout has been slow compared with other places in Asia because of a shortage of medical professionals and a lack of syringes. Only about 2% of Japanese citizens have gotten at least one shot of the vaccine.
The government plans to open large-scale vaccination facilities in Osaka and Tokyo to speed up the process. The Health Ministry formally approved two Covid-19 vaccines (Moderna and AstraZeneca) on May 21.
Pressure to postpone
Demonstrators protest against the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Monday, May 17.
There’s been mounting pressure to postpone the Games again.
Also on Level 4
Japan isn’t the only nation to get Level 4 advisory from the State Department.
The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka, off the southeast of Covid-ravaged India, was also elevated to “Level 4, Do Not Travel” on Monday. Other popular destinations that have been open to US tourists through much of the pandemic also have a Level 4 warning, including Mexico, Brazil and Turkey.
CNN’s Carly Walsh, Alex Thomas and George Ramsay contributed to this report.