TOKYO (AP) – Just three months before the opening of the postponed Olympics, Tokyo և Osaka, Japan’s second largest capital, Japan, has issued urgent orders to stop the growing outbreak of the coronavirus.
The events, which take place during Japan’s “Golden Week” holiday in Japan, aim to limit travel and keep people away from public places. They are due to end on May 11, just before the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s visit to Hiroshima.
This week, Bach said the May 17-18 visit was still “planned.” But Bach’s presence was immediately criticized by opposition lawmakers, who say the Olympics take precedence over public safety.
“Japan’s apony must decide its public health policy. “There is no reason for Mr. Bach to tell us what to do,” said Yuichiro Tamaki, leader of the People’s Democratic Party.
Bach said the state of emergency had nothing to do with his visit to the city, where he would welcome the Olympic torch relay. Hiroshima was destroyed in 1945 by the US atomic bombing of the city, a popular backdrop for politicians and high-ranking officials.
“This (state of emergency) is absolutely in line with the general policy of the government,” Bach said. “But it has nothing to do with the Olympics. It has to do with Golden Week. ”
Japan’s third state of emergency includes orders to shut down bars, department stores, shopping malls, theme parks, as well as theaters and museums. Even non-alcoholic restaurants are asked to close as soon as public transport. Schools will remain open, but universities are being asked to return to online classes.
“I hope the situation will improve as soon as possible,” Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the organizing committee, said in an online briefing on Friday.
Japan’s aponia attributed about 10,000 deaths to COVID-19, which is good by world standards but poor in Asia. It has vaccinated less than 1% of the population, has not applied blockades to people who are impatient, cooperative, as cases have accelerated again.
Hashimoto said several test events would continue during the emergency, but without fans. The Olympic Games open on July 23.
He was again asked if there were any plans to cancel the Olympics. The issue disappeared during the briefings, but has reappeared in recent weeks.
“As an organizing committee, we are not thinking of canceling,” Hashimoto said.
The IOC receives almost 75% of its revenue from the sale of television rights; it has seen that the cash flow is delayed. This is necessary for the implementation of the Games, which will be followed in six months by the boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Tokyo is officially spending $ 15.4 billion to host the Olympics, and several government inspections show that number is much higher.
The IOC և organizers hope to distort more cancellation issues next week by distributing the second edition of Playbooks, a guide to explaining how to host the Olympics safely in an epidemic.
The first edition was uncertain in February. Next week promises to offer more details և will likely include requirements for 15,400 Olympic և Paralympic athletes to be tested in Aponia almost every day.
The IOC said vaccinations were not required to compete in the Olympics, but encouraged all athletes to get vaccinated.
It is expected that Playbooks will not offer a decision on local capabilities, or any fans at all. Fans from abroad have already been banned.
Hashimoto, who competed in seven Olympic Games in 1992 and won a bronze medal in sprint at the 1992 Albertville Games, has expressed his concerns. 70-80% of Japanese respondents say Japanese games should not be continued.
“I understand that a lot of people are worried, just as health care workers can be worried,” Hashimoto said. “I think about the feelings of those people. I think about this every day. “
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