Doctors call for cancellation of Olympic Games in Tokyo due to Covid-19

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hospitals in the Games host city "have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity" amid a surge in infections
20:02, 18 May 2021

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Japanese medical organization calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics saying hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country battles a spike in coronavirus infections less than three months from the start of the Games. Reuters reports this.

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“Hospitals in the Games host city have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity amid a surge in infections,” the statement says.

It is noted that they wrote the open letter to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that calls authorities to convince the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that holding the Olympics is difficult and obtain its decision to cancel the Games.

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A jump in infections has stoked alarm amid a shortage of medical staff and hospital beds in some areas of the Japanese capital, promoting the government to extend the third state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures until May 31.

Doctors would soon face the added difficulty of dealing with heat exhaustion patients during the summer months and if the Olympics contributed to a rise in deaths "Japan will bear the maximum responsibility", it added.

Related: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics

As it was reported earlier, a campaign against the Olympics in Tokyo is underway in Japan. The online petition calling for the cancelation of the sport event in the Japanese capital collected almost 200,000 votes over several days.


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