Bach’s visit to Tokyo enters fourth “Declaration of Emergency”

The Japanese government has decided to issue a fourth “Declaration of Emergency” for Tokyo, where the novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly, and to extend the “ban” on Okinawa until the 22nd of next month, for the fourth time since last April. The “Declaration of Emergency” and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who began his visit to Japan on the 8th, arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on a scheduled flight from Frankfurt Airport and, after undergoing antigen testing at the airport, entered a hotel in Tokyo at 2:22 p.m. and began a three-day quarantine on the 9th, before starting work on the 12th.

With only two weeks left before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the new coronavirus infection is spreading again in Japan, Tokyo is the hardest hit, the number of infected people in Tokyo reached 896 on the 8th and 920 on the 7th, 19 consecutive days more than the same day the week before, in view of the seriousness of the epidemic, the government plans to hold athletics without spectators in the Olympic venues in Tokyo and other places during the Olympics, on the other hand The medical staff is worried about the “medical collapse” during the Olympics.

Although the emergency declaration was lifted in all nine prefectures except Okinawa on the 20th of last month, the number of infected people immediately rebounded, and on the 7th, 2,191 people were infected with the new coronavirus nationwide, breaking the 2,000 mark for the first time in about four weeks.

For the official opening of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 23, the government, the Olympic Organizing Committee, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government entered the final adjustment on the 8th, with the direction of “no spectators” at the competition venues in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama, which will be officially decided at the five-party meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the evening of the 8th.

With the Tokyo Metropolitan Government having decided to implement the “Declaration of Emergency”, Bach, who is visiting Japan, will make a final decision on the issue of spectators for the Tokyo Olympics through online talks with the Organizing Committee of the Games, the Japanese government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which in recent times has been a major issue in the treatment of spectators. Bach has already said he will respect the Japanese decision.