With the world facing a sudden rise of Covid 19 cases, Tokyo has marked 100 days until the postponed Olympics on Wednesday.
Japan Has Been In Semi-State of Emergency Amidst Rising Cases
As per the latest reports, the Olympic host city (Japan) has been in a semi-state of emergency for a month now. But the active Covid 19 cases continue to rise. Yuriko Koike, Tokyo Governor said that during the period (100 days) they will make efforts to curb the spread of infections and beat the coronavirus. They want to be able to hold the Games with everyone.
Shigeru Omi, Chairman of the Japan government’s Coronavirus advisory panel spoke at a lower house committee and said that they are currently facing the “fourth wave” of coronavirus infections across the country.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare the roll out of the Coronavirus vaccines has been slow throughout the state. They confirmed that only 0.4 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.
John Coates, Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission said in a video message that despite the pandemic, the Olympics will happen. He said that they will commence the games of July 23, 2021. He also called the Tokyo Games, “the best-prepared ever Games”.
Pandemic Delayed Olympics In Japan Last Year
In March last year, the pandemic had forced the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese organisers to postpone the Games by one year. Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Back announced the delay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
As of Tuesday, Tokyo confirmed 510 daily infections of Covid 19. This is the first time the cases have increased over 500 in three days. At the same time, Osaka reported 1099 cases amidst the spread of new Coronavirus variants.