8 People Involved in Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay Infected With COVID-19

05-May-2021 Intellasia | Time | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Eight people who were involved in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19 the latest sign of trouble for Japan as it both struggles with a spike in infections and prepares for the Games this summer.

More than 70 percent of people in Japan want the Olympics, which begin July 23, to be canceled or postponed, according to an April poll by Kyodo News. Runners of the relay, which began its journey to Tokyo on March 25 in Fukushima, have faced heckling and protests.

The Japanese government, however, insists that the Games will go ahead following their delay in 2020 due to the pandemic. COVID-19 protocols released last month rely on frequent testing and isolation bubbles for athletes and coaches, but not strict quarantines or vaccinations. Fans from abroad have been banned, and organisers are weighing whether to bar Japanese spectators, as well.

On Sunday, the country reported 5,900 new infections, and the number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms hit a record of 1,050 people. Japan last month declared a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and other areas in an attempt to contain a fourth wave of coronavirus. Japan’s sluggish vaccination rate, one of the slowest among wealthy nations, isn’t helping. Less than 2 percent of the population has had at least one dose.



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