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Auto Shows OJ of Tokyo: The Nippone population fears the contaminations to COVID

02:48  20 july  2021
02:48  20 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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But the first outbreak in the Olympic village illustrates the fear of cascading contaminations in this place without equivalent in the sporting world, putting to the test the anti- Covid measures prepared for months. Peak of 6,000 people. However, he assured that “everything was in place to limit the mixing of populations “And”maintain the risk“Chain contaminations ” to an absolute minimum“. Positive cases linked to the Games remain very marginal for the time being, underlined Saturday the IOC boss Thomas Bach, who has been promising for months of the Olympics “sure”For the participants as well as for the

With Tokyo now experiencing a fifth wave of infections, prompting deeply unpopular restrictions on eating out that will remain in place until well after the Olympics, all but a handful of events will be held behind closed doors. The capital’s residents now find themselves in the unenviable position of being asked by The mere sight of the world’s greatest athletes – kept apart from the people of the host city and even from other competitors – vying for medals will “move children and younger generations”, Suga said last week. “As we confront the major challenges posed by Covid -19 around the world, it is even

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The Olympic - Historical Games - from Tokyo will begin in a few days. They are organized in full spread of more contagious variants of COVID-19, such as the Variant Delta, while the organizers try to guarantee health safety, in a little vaccinated Japan and the risk of contamination. Nippons doctors have continued to alert the authorities on the dangers to keep the games without success. Anger is palpable.

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency for the nation's capital and surrounding areas as Covid -19 cases surge to the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, said preparations would continue, despite growing doubts that the Games can be held while the pandemic continues. The government’s determination to push ahead with a “safe and secure” Olympics is at odds with public opinion, which has turned against the Games since Covid -19 cases began to surge in the host city and other parts of the country towards the end of last year. Several opinion polls have shown a clear majority of Japanese people oppose holding the Games this year.

, even though the Olympic Games have not yet started, COVID cases are reported almost every day in the Olympic Village, despite the severe "bubble" set up to supervise Athletes and foreign journalists.

Dr. Kenji Shibuya thinks that an explosion of this bubble is almost inevitable: "Outside the village, movements and movements of people will increase because of the games. Obviously, there are risks to see infections in the Olympic village, or among the journalists who will then bring the virus back to their countries. But what worries me the most is the message of the government that says people should stay at home during the Olympics, while being proud to welcome them and celebrate them. In the process of spreading the virus in the country, this message is very confusing.

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Japan is extending its Covid state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas until the end of May. “We strongly call for the prevention of spread of coronavirus and protection of lives and livelihoods by using available resources to stop the Olympics,” said Kenji Utsunomiya, a prominent lawyer and former candidate for Tokyo governor who organised the petition. On Friday, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, said it would be “very difficult” to realise a planned visit to Japan by IOC president Thomas Bach from 17 May while parts of the country were under coronavirus

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The restrictions established in Japan, multiplied by the holding of the Olympic Games, make the daily lives of the difficult population. Suda Akio, the President of the Tokyo Physician Association, is still worried about the increase in the number of infections and deaths, but also the suicide rate in the archipelago. "Last year, there was an increase of nearly 1,000 suicides among young women, he said. In addition, some people are afraid of being contaminated if they go to the hospital, so they do not go there. It is estimated that about 1,000 people with cancers have not been treated because of that.

The state of emergency has been declared in Tokyo for the duration of the Games, but for doctors, it is not sufficient to preserve the population of the risk of contamination.

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