Tokyo Olympic

The concern over new-variants of coronavirus and the fear of a raging fourth wave has spread across Tokyo. Meanwhile, the US has urged its citizens to completely avoid travel to Japan due to this issue. On the other hand, Japanese officials insisted that the internal restrictions and protocols will not affect the preparation for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which are due to be held from 23 July.

On Monday, the state department has issued a Level 4 travel warning, which is considered the highest, for Japan. The US Centres of Disease Control and Prevention {CDC} said, “Travelers should avoid all travel to Japan”, in a newly issues guideline.

“Because of the current situation in Japan even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Japan,” said the guideline.

The state department was more explicit in its warning and said, “Do not travel to Japan due to Covid-19,”

This decision will not have that of an impact on Japan’s leisure travel, as the government has already closed its border for the tourists. The Olympic and Japanese organizers insisted that the event will go as planned on 23rd of July. The officials from Tokyo also reassured that warnings in the country will not be an obstruction to the preparations.

In a meeting with Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga in Washington last month, Joe Biden told the PM that the US backed plans for ‘safe and secure’ Olympics games. Although Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s top spokesman told the press that he didn’t believe the advisory would be affecting the Olympics.

“We feel confident that the current mitigation practices in place for athletes and staff by both the USOPC and the Tokyo organising committee, coupled with the testing before travel, on arrival in Japan, and during Games time, will allow for safe participation of Team USA athletes this summer,” said the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee [USOPC], which look afters Team USA.

Reportedly, around 11,000 are due to compete in the upcoming and they’re not supposed to complete 14-day quarantine period but follow some other protocols. The players must test negative for Covid before leaving their country and on arriving Japan. Also, they’ve to follow a daily test routine in Olympic village.

Organizers in Japan have already banned spectators from outside the country, and the decision on spectators within the country is yet to be taken. Notably, very few people in Japan have been vaccinated against the virus and that raises more concerns as the new variant arrives. According to reports, vaccinations for the general population will be fully functional after Olympics end on 8th of August.

Emad Masroor

By Emad Masroor

Emad Masroor is a student of Business Management. Primarily, he writes pieces on Global Politics, Business Trends, and Technology.

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