Japan’s plans to hold the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer have been labeled ‘insanity’ by medical experts and angry politicians as Covid-19 cases rise again across the country amid slow introduction of vaccines
- Japan will host the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 23
- But the country is currently facing a widespread increase in coronavirus cases
- Japan also has a slow rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country
Japanese medical experts and politicians have expressed fear about the Summer Olympics – describing it as ‘madness’.
The number of coronavirus cases is on the rise again across Japan, including in Tokyo, where the state of emergency was only lifted last week.
Vaccine introduction to the country has also been slow, with only one percent of the population vaccinated so far and the majority of the general public expecting to receive no shot before the Olympics open on July 23.
Japanese medical experts have raised concerns about the safety of hosting the upcoming Olympic Games, which were postponed by a year in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Despite this, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government are continuing plans for the Games, which could attract up to 100,000 visitors from abroad, even without foreign spectators, who have already been banned.
Dr. Norio Sugaya, an infectious disease expert at Keiyu Hospital in Yokohama, said: “Given the significant risks, it is best not to hold the Olympics. The risks are high in Japan. Japan is dangerous, not a safe place at all.
In a short time, tens of thousands of foreigners will enter the country, including mass media. The challenges will be enormous. ‘
The University of Tokyo has predicted that cases in the host city could rise to a level where the government will have to declare a new state of emergency while the Games are underway.
Tara Yamamoto, a Japanese politician and former Tokyo governor candidate, said: “ If Japan has not been able to protect its own people, it cannot claim to be able to protect people from all over the world. To insist that the Games go on is just madness. ‘
Currently, there is a very slow introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine in Japan