TOKYO: The head of the Japanese doctors’ union said on Tuesday that the holding of the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, in which tens of thousands of people from around the world could be exposed to an Olympic corona virus, was under pressure.
Japan has promised to be “safe and secure” for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after a year-long delay, but is struggling to contain a fourth wave of infection and a state of emergency in most parts of the country. Preparing to expand.
Japanese officials, Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have said the Games will move forward with tougher measures to prevent the virus. Foreign spectators have been banned and a decision on domestic ones is expected next month.
But despite these measures, there is concern about the arrival of athletes and officials in Japan, where the polio vaccination campaign is sparse, with only 5% of the population shot dead.
Naoto Yuema, head of Japan’s doctors’ union, said the Games, which began in eight weeks, were attended by people from more than 200 nations and regions and posed a threat.
“All the different variable strains of the virus that are found in different places will be focused and gathered here in Tokyo,” he told a news conference. The possibility could not be ruled out. If such a situation arose, it would mean that the Tokyo Olympic tensions could be named after the virus, which would be a great tragedy and a source of criticism, even Up to 100 years
Kenji Shibia, director of the Institute of Population Health at King’s College, London, who is helping with the vaccination campaign in Japan, has reduced the risks associated with the sport.
“Transmission occurs when the virus stays in people with long-term immune compromises or partial immunizations,” Shibia said. “So in my opinion, the current situation in Japan is more dangerous than the Tokyo Games.”
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Asahi Shimbun, the official partner of the Tokyo Olympics, picked up an editorial on Wednesday calling for the Games to be canceled, but former IOC vice-president Dick Pound later said he should move on.
The Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported late on Thursday that the government was extending the state of emergency in most parts of Japan from three weeks to June 20 because there were no signs of recovery from the epidemic. ۔ The games start on July 23.
IOC member John Coates said the Olympics could be held in an emergency.
“The people of Japan are really outraged by this statement, and it’s even more so for healthcare and medical professionals.”
The United States has warned against traveling to Japan, but Olympic organizers have said it will not affect the Games. The White House said Wednesday that it had been assured by the Japanese government that it would remain in close contact with the Olympics.
Emergency plans were abandoned after the Australian Sports League and Olympic hopefuls announced a seven-day lockdown in Melbourne in the southern state of Victoria to curb the Cove-19 outbreak.
On Friday, Chiba Prefecture, which borders Tokyo, announced on Thursday that it was canceling the Olympic torch relay due to safety concerns, which has become a sophisticated area to cover the events.
Meanwhile, the European Union supported Japan’s hosting of the Olympic Games.
“We support the holding of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer as a symbol of global unity in defeating the Cove 19.” Der Lane and Charles Michel and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“We look forward to the Olympic Games,” European Commission President Van der Leyen said in a video conference with the leaders.
He cited the European Union’s permission to export more than 100 million vaccines to Japan as “a strong sign that we support any preparations for the Olympic Games and the safety of the Games”.
Japan is the largest importer of vaccines from the European Union. But the country’s authorities have been criticized for the slow rate of innovation that has left it behind other developed economies.