TOKYO (AP) – Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics who go down with minor COVID-19 symptoms may be isolated in a hotel lined up by local Games organizers.
The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Sunday that organizers were working to provide 300 rooms at a hotel near the village of Athletes. The agency referred to the “knowledge of the program” of the anonymous officials.
The rooms will be designed for athletes և staff who do not need to be hospitalized. The measures underscore the risk of attempting to host the Olympic և Paralympic Games during the epidemic.
The Olympics are set to open on July 23 and face a strong backlash from 80% of Japanese Apony respondents. About 15,000 athletes from more than 200 nations, tens of thousands of other officials, judges, administrators, media outlets and broadcasters will take part in the Paralympic Games.
Organizers and the International Olympic Committee have banned fans from traveling abroad. They still have to announce the maximum number of places, which is now complicated by the growing number of cases in Osaka, Tokyo and elsewhere.
Tokyo on Monday will begin tougher measures to curb the rapid spread of the virus. This will allow the governor of Tokyo to open shorter hours for bars and restaurants, impose penalties and compensate those who comply.
Less than 1% of Japanese aponis have been vaccinated, and due to Japan’s slow spread, that number will remain low after the start of the Olympics.
Japan has attributed more than 9,500 deaths to COVID-19, which is good by world standards but poorer than in many Asian countries.
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