Japan’s top medical adviser summons the organizers with less than two months until the start of the Postponed Games.
The reception of the Olympics during the current state of coronavirus infections in Japan “was not normal,” Japan’s top medical adviser said in one of the strongest warnings about the risks of the Games’ problems.
Doctors have said the Olympics, which are set to begin on July 23 after a postponement last year, would release a healthcare system that already records a record number in critical condition.
Japan has reported more than 750,000 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, including 13,170 deaths on June 2.
Only 2.7 percent of the Japanese population has been completely vaccinated and the current phase older adults are not expected to be targeted before the Games begin.
The rate of new infections has slowed.
On Wednesday, addressing a parliamentary committee, medical adviser Shigeru Omi said organizers should explain to the public why they are moving forward amid a pandemic.
“It’s not normal to hold the Olympics in a situation like this,” Omi said.
“If we are going to hold the Games in these circumstances … I think it is the responsibility of the Olympic organizers to reduce the size of the event and strengthen coronavirus control measures as much as possible,” Omi added.
Polls show that most people in Japan oppose the Games, worried about tens of thousands of athletes, officials and media descending on the country, where last week state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas it was extended until June 20.
About 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers who signed up to help with the Olympics and Paralympics have ceased, NHK reported on Wednesday, citing organizers.
The unusually strong comments from the soft-spoken Omi contrasted with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the organizers who have reassured the world that they can organize “safe” games.
A senior official of the International Olympic Committee in charge of organizing the Games infuriated the Japanese public in May by proclaiming that the Olympic Games would be held even if Tokyo was in a COVID-19 emergency situation.