FILE PHOTO: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and Thomas Bach, President of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), bump elbows at the beginning of their talks at Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Workplace Constructing in Tokyo, Japan November 16, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato
July 15, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) -Worldwide Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike had been set to satisfy on Thursday, the metropolitan authorities mentioned, as COVID-19 instances hit a six-month excessive within the host metropolis.
It isn’t clear what Bach and Koike will talk about at Thursday’s assembly, which comes a day after Bach met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Simply over per week earlier than the July 23 opening ceremony, Tokyo reported 1,149 COVID-19 instances, its highest every day tally since late January.
Postponed final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the Video games have little public help in Japan amid fears concerning the unfold of the virus.
Quite a few instances have emerged amongst a number of visiting athletes and folks concerned with the Video games.
On Thursday, eight athletes from the Kenya girls’s rugby group, who had been set to carry a coaching camp at Kurume metropolis in southwestern Japan, had been categorised as shut contacts of a passenger on their flight to Tokyo who examined constructive for coronavirus, a metropolis official mentioned.
The athletes had all examined unfavorable on arrival on the airport, the official added, and might be staying at an lodging facility in Tokyo till the Video games.
Tokyo entered its fourth state of emergency earlier this week amid a rebound in COVID-19 instances that pushed Video games organisers to ban spectators from practically all venues.
Bach mentioned on Wednesday that strict coronavirus measures had been in place, with excessive vaccination charges amongst contributors, restricted mobility for athletes and help employees, spectators banned and steady testing.
“This message has to get throughout. The Japanese individuals have to achieve confidence on this,” he mentioned.
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu; Modifying by Stephen Coates and Michael Perry)