Top Japanese virologist warns of risks of spreading virus at Tokyo Games during pandemic

It’s 100 per cent impossible to have an Olympics with zero risk...of the spread of infection in Japan and also in other countries after the Olympics: Expert says

Japan is hosting Olympics this time, the international multi-sport event scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo.


But world is going through a deadly pandemic and some countries are worst hit. In this time a top Japanese virologist and government adviser has said there was a risk of spreading Covid-19 infections during the Tokyo Olympics as reported on Tuesday.


This is the latest high-profile warning about the global sporting showpiece. Tohoku University professor Hiroshi Oshitani was an architect of Japan's "Three Cs” approach to the pandemic, which advises avoiding closed spaces, crowds and close contact situations. He also pointed out the lack of vaccinations in many countries including Japan.


According to the experts, “The government and the organising committee, including the IOC (International Olympic Committee), keep saying they’re holding a safe Olympics. But everybody knows there is a risk. It’s 100 per cent impossible to have an Olympics with zero risk...of the spread of infection in Japan and also in other countries after the Olympics." "There are a number of countries that do not have many cases, and a number that don’t have any variants. We should not make the Olympics (an occasion) to spread the virus to these countries.”

 

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