International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Wednesday described Tokyo as the “best prepared Olympic city in history” even as the governor for Tokyo called for a state of emergency to be declared as Japan faces a fourth wave of coronavirus.
Japanese officials acknowledge the country will not have achieved herd immunity by the time the Olympic Games are scheduled to open in Tokyo July 23.
Less than 1 percent of Japanese citizens have received a first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19. New coronavirus cases in Tokyo have nearly doubled from Monday to Tuesday to 711. In March Tokyo averaged 300 cases per day.
Sixty percent of the new cases are of the United Kingdom variant, Japanese health officials said.
Bach, citing the recent Masters golf tournament and international sports events, said he remains confident Tokyo can put on “safe games.”
Source: Orange County Register