The organizers decide to hold the Games without public due to the advance of the coronavirus. Only 15% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated. The alert will be in effect until August 22
Hours after the Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide suga, decided this Thursday to re-declare a state of emergency in the Tokyo area, the organizers of the Games have decided that there will be no public in the stands of the events. “There will be no spectators” in the facilities announced the Minister of the Games, Tamayo Marukawa.
The state of emergency will enter into force on Monday, July 12 and will remain in force until August 22 to stop the increase in cases of covid-19 in the capital, Suga said after meeting with the government committee that manages the pandemic, although in practice the measure will not mean much change with the current situation, apart from a tightening of restrictions for businesses.
The Asian country also decided to extend this level of alert in the region of Okinawa (Southwest), where it was already active, and maintain certain restrictions in the prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa, adjacent to Tokyo and where Games competitions will also be held.
Bach, in Japan
In addition, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, arrived in Japan on Thursday, where he plans to participate in a meeting on the spectator issue with the local organizing committee, representatives of the Japanese government and the Tokyo municipality.
In Japan, emergency measures against the coronavirus are much less stringent than the lockdowns imposed in other parts of the world, and include limit the sale of alcohol and force bars and restaurants to close early.
“The number of new cases continues to rise in Tokyo,” Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japanese minister in charge of covid-19. “With the increase in the movement of people, the more infectious Delta variant now accounts for about 30% of cases. This number is expected to continue to rise,” he added.
“We hope to contain the spread of infections by putting Tokyo in a state of emergency,” the minister said, noting that hospitalizations increased among people between 40 and 50 years old.
Although the Japanese archipelago was relatively little affected by the covid-19 pandemic, with some 14,900 deaths officially recorded since the beginning of 2020, your vaccination program progresses very slowly.
Little more than 15% of the population has been vaccinated completely until now, and experts fear that the Delta variant could cause a new wave that saturates hospitals in Japan, where they have imposed several states of health emergencies since 2020.