Japan considers extending coronavirus measures
Tokyo protests, delegates testing positive, torch relay moved -and less than a month to the Games.
With less than a month to go before the Olympic Games, Japan is considering an extension of its coronavirus prevention measures.
Tokyo and other areas are currently under a “quasi” state of emergency set to be lifted on July 12, but a recent uptick in coronavirus cases has officials concerned.
According to the Mainichi Shimbun daily, the government is considering extending the measures by two to four weeks, a period that would overlap with the Olympics, which open on July 23.
Under the “quasi” state of emergency, spectators at events are capped at 5,000, contrasting with a decision to allow up to 50 percent of the venue capacity or a maximum of 10,000.
Last Wednesday, Tokyo reported 619 new infections — the highest figure in about a month — and confirmed 476 more cases on Tuesday.
The 15-day Olympic torch relay scheduled to take place in the capital has now been moved off public roads for the first 8 days.
Two members of the Ugandan delegation also tested positive after arriving in Japan, as the public continues to express concerns.
Yasuhiro Yamashita, the president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, said it was impossible to completely shut out coronavirus cases upon arrival.
“There is just no way there won’t be cases arriving in Japan, no matter what we do…that’s why it is crucial we make sure to catch cases at the airports and enforce strict border controls,” Yamashita said.
A government meeting on coronavirus measures is set to be held today.
Source: Japan Today