TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics open in less than four months as the torch relay begins to cross the Japan Aponia with 10,000 runners. Organizers say they are mitigating the risks, but some medical experts are not convinced.
“It is best not to host the Olympics because of the significant risks,” Dr. Norio Sugaya, an infectious disease specialist at Keiyu Hospital in Yokohama, told the Associated Press. “Risks The risks in aponia are great. “Japan is dangerous, not a safe place at all.”
Sugaya believes that vaccinating 50-70% of the population should be a “precondition” for a safe Olympic Games, which is a very unlikely scenario given the slow spread of vaccines in Japan.
So far, less than 1% of the population has been vaccinated, all of whom are medical professionals. It is expected that most of the population will not be vaccinated until the Olympic Games open on July 23.
“Tens of thousands of foreigners will enter the country in a short period of time, including media outlets,” Sugaya said. “The challenges will be enormous.”
Japanese aponia government ոն Local Olympic organizers say vaccination is not a prerequisite for the Olympics, although the International Olympic Committee encourages the vaccination of 15,400 Olympic: Paralympic athletes when they enter aponia.
The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Japan is about 9,000, much lower than in many other countries, but Sugaya said it was one of the highest rates in Asia.
The hospital system is stretching, especially in the most severely affected areas, such as Tokyo.
Japan aponia has never prompted PCR testing, which means that there are several mechanisms in place to prevent infection clusters. There has been no national blockade, but the government regularly declares a state of emergency, urging people to work to close their homes and restaurants as soon as possible.
Dr. Tosio Nakagawa, who heads the Aponia Medical Association, expressed grave concern about the “return” of coronavirus cases. He called for preventive measures.
“To prevent the fourth wave, we must act with force, extremely quickly,” he told reporters earlier this month.
Taisuke Nakata և Daisuke Fuji, professors of economics at the University of Tokyo, make predictions of coronavirus spread by adapting to a standard epidemiological model but taking into account economic activity based on GDP չափ mobility data.
They predict that more than 1,000 people will be infected in Tokyo every day until May, culminating in July, just as the Olympics continue. In recent days, about 300 people have been reported to Tokyo every day.
They say this is an “optimistic” scenario, which assumes that the vaccines will be phased out then.
Another possible scenario is for the government to declare a state of emergency as daily events escalate. This could mean that the Olympic Games will be held under a “state of emergency”.
The professors refused to comment directly on the wisdom of hosting the Olympics.
Despite the warnings, the government of Aponia կազմակերպ organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are determined to continue the Games. Tokyo is officially spending $ 15.4 billion to prepare for the Olympics, but several state audits say that could be twice as much. All but $ 6.7 billion is money.
The main driver of the Olympic Games is the IOC, which receives almost 75% of its revenue from broadcasting rights and needs to broadcast the Games on television.
Organizers say they will hold a “safe և safe” Olympics, “bubbling” athletes, officials, conducting regular tests, and then forcing everyone to leave Japan soon.
The IOC announced last week that it would reduce the number of accredited entrants entering Japan to Aponia by issuing credentials only to those who “have key operational responsibilities.”
The Kyodo news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying that 90,000 people from abroad would enter Japan. About 30,000 of them are Olympic և Paralympic athletes, coaches, staff և officials.
That leaves 60,000, և Kyodo said, adding that it plans to reduce it to ,000 30,000, many of which will be media outlets.
In addition, the organizers noted that all ticket holders from abroad will be barred from entering.
Opinion polls show that most Japanese want the Tokyo Games to be canceled or postponed again.
Former lawmaker Taro Yamamoto has said that Japan is not ready to deal with the influx of foreign travelers.
“If Japan has not been able to protect its people, it cannot claim to be able to protect people from all over the world,” he said. “To keep insisting that the games will continue is just madness.”
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