Reports: Tokyo Olympics Should Be “Reconsidered” Amidst Japan’s Failure In Tackling Covid-19 Pandemic!

Many health experts stated in a commentary that the plans of Tokyo Olympics 2020 should be “reconsidered” due to Japan’s failure in containing the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

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April 19, 2021

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 has already been delayed by a year now. The 2020 games which were pushed ahead amidst the Covid-19 pandemic are due to be held after three months. However, the surge in Covid cases in Japan has now led to a debate over the 2020 Olympics. According to reports, many health experts stated in a commentary that the Olympics in Tokyo should be reconsidered following Japan’s inability to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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To fight the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, the Japanese government has declared Qasi-Emergency measures. And highlighting this, the British Medical Journal stated that Japan has exhibited poor performance in containing the spread of the virus. Also, the report shed light on the country’s limited testing capacity and a slow-paced vaccination campaign. The lead researcher from the London School Of Economics, Kazuki Shimizu cited that the plans of Olympics 2020 should be “reconsidered”.

“Plans to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer must be reconsidered as a matter of urgency,” he wrote in the report. The commentary by health experts further added that Tokyo Games should not be held overlooking “scientific and moral” imperatives. “Holding Tokyo 2020 for domestic political and economic purposes–ignoring scientific and moral imperatives–is contradictory to Japan’s commitment to global health and human security,” the report read.

Earlier, last month, a survey noted the opinions of a thousand Japanese doctors wherein 75% of them believed that postponing games would be a better option. Hiroshi Nishiura, a government advisor recently urged the authorities to postpone Olympics by a year. He added that more time to “vaccinate the public” should be given. However, the government officials and Olympic authorities have stated that the postponement of games is out of the question.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to ZEE5 for more updates.

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