Amid an increase in infections in Japan, the organizers of Tokyo 2020 defended their prevention strategy against the coronavirus on Thursday after they were reported 24 new positive cases associated with the Olympic Games, the highest daily figure so far.
At least 193 athletes, journalists, employees and contractors of the Games have already tested positive of Covid-19, according to official data, which does not include some cases registered in airports and training camps.
The spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mark Adams, pointed out that they have no evidence of a link between the holding of the Games and the increase in infections in the country, after Japan reported 9,583 cases nationwide on Wednesday, surpassing the 9,000 barrier for the first time and with record numbers in the capital.
“As far as I am aware, there is no not a single case of contagion to the population of Tokyo by athletes or the Olympic movement, “he remarked
He added: “We have the most tested community there is probably anywhere in the world, as well as having some of the tougher restrictions in the sportsmen’s village, “he stressed.
Organizers also insisted that the Games are not putting additional pressure on Japan’s medical system, at a time when some experts are warning that the spread of the pandemic could lead to a health crisis.
Only two people related to the Games are hospitalizedwhile half of those who have needed care are receiving it from their own medical teams.
“Out of 310,000 screening tests, the positive rate is 0.02%,” Adams said.
Of the people linked to the Games who have tested positive, 109 are residents of Japan and the rest comes from abroad.
The cases reported at the Games occur in a context of growing concern in Tokyo and other areas of Japan over the rapid increase in infections, driven by the Delta variant, more contagious.
Therefore, Tokyo is already under a state of emergency due to the virus, which reduces the opening hours of restaurants and bars, which prohibits them from selling alcohol.
It is expected that three neighboring regions to the capital impose similar measures.
Despite efforts, experts warned that restrictions don’t seem to be working and they asked the population not to lower their guard.
Shigeru Omi, a former senior official of the World Health Organization, said that, given the decision of the government and the Olympic officials to hold the Games, “it is your responsibility to do everything you can to avoid infection and a collapse of medical services. “
With information from AFP.