Advice From Japanese Doctors: Do Not Allow Spectators During Games
It would be wise if no spectators were allowed at the Olympics at all. That is the opinion of a group of Japanese medical experts.
In a report, the advisers warn that the event could lead to an increasing number of corona infections and a possible overload of the healthcare system.
The doctors’ advice is at odds with the plans of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Earlier on Friday, it was announced that it is being considered to allow a maximum of 10,000 spectators from Japan into the Olympic stadiums. Foreign fans are not welcome anyway.
The number of daily new corona cases in Japan has been steadily decreasing in recent weeks. About 15 percent of the population has now had at least one shot.
According to the Kyodo News news agency, there is a concern among Japanese people that the number of infections will increase again if restrictive measures are relaxed or lifted. The state of emergency will be lifted next weekend in Tokyo and most other regions in the country.
The final decision on admitting the public will not be made until Monday at the earliest after a meeting of the organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government and the administration of the city of Tokyo. The event kicks off on July 23.