Osaka cancels Olympic torch event as it declares state of emergency amid Covid-19 surge

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    The Olympic relay torture will no longer be able to run through public roads as it was planned.

    Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the pace of infection was currently “very fast” and the rate of infection was “very high”, declaring a state of medical emergency in the region.

    Yoshimura said at a news conference on Wednesday, “The number of daily new cases has increased four times faster than before in this week. The medical system is at a very serious level.”

    He It also said that the prefect is discussing an alternative plan with the 2020 Organizing Committee in Tokyo to hold events at the Expo’70 Memorial Park in Suita City.

    Osaka Prefecture was scheduled to host the Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay on April 14. The relay began its 121-day domestic journey in Tokyo on 25 March in Fukushima.

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    The Osaka Prefectural Government on Wednesday recorded a record high of 878 daily new cases.

    Yoshimura warned that about 70 percent of the hospital beds in the area were full and asked residents to refrain from non-essential outings.

    The data show more infectious forms of coronovirus made up of about half of infections since the end of March.

    The first medical emergency in Osaka Prefecture due to the epidemic was declared on 3 December and lasted until the end of February.

    On Wednesday, 555 new cases were reported in Tokyo – the highest figure since the second state of emergency on 21 March.

    The games are currently scheduled to take place from 23 July to 8 August. The Paralympics will run from 24 August to 5 September.


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