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Governors refuse to allot hospital beds for COVID-infected Olympians

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Happy to know that some people actually have spine in Japan.

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If I were an olympic athlete (If only beer was an olympic sport. ) I'd have serious reservations about competing in a country that has less than 1% of its population vaccinated and refuses to give me a hospital bed if I got sick.

The bricks really are starting to tumble. Hurry up and cancel already.

28 ( +29 / -1 )

Hopefully international media will pick up this story.

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Governors refuse to allot hospital beds for COVID-infected Olympians

This is great! Everyone that can needs to push back on holding the Olympics! Now if we can get more on board! Everyone should be pressuring your home country to not participate.

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Regarding international news coverage, not Chiba but...

This came as governors of Kanagawa and Ibaraki prefectures, which are near Tokyo, were reported saying their hospitals would not be able to treat Olympic athletes who fell ill.

From this article: https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/frustration-japan-leader-pushes-olympics-virus-77639782

19 ( +19 / -0 )

Great for these Governors. The people come first. These Olympians came at their own risk. They are adults and as so comes responsibility.

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Even more reason to cancel the games. The host is ill prepared.

22 ( +22 / -0 )

There is no other option, priorities are clear and athletes are not included, with a little bit of luck this can be used as a reason for delegations to cancel their participation.

18 ( +18 / -0 )

Waiting for another article to be released after this, either:

IOC disregards public opinion and states nothing will stop the Olympics from happening

or

Suga states that Japan is ready to host the Games safely, for the 400th time since the beginning of the pandemic.

17 ( +17 / -0 )

As many of us have been saying, even before 2021 surges, that the # of medical staff supposedly needed for the games would put a strain on hospitals etc even WITHOUT covid!

Now its just criminal to continue, simply criminal. Have the IOC fly in 10,000+ medical staff from abroad & they can bring their own tents, like they do when they go to war torn countries, they can camp in Tokyo Dome!

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This is going to be a complete disaster. Get the beer and popcorn cause all we have the power to do is watch it play out.

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It’s not just COVID-19 that will be a problem for athletes. Heatstroke will still be an issue. It’ll hit 28 degrees today, in May. It’s likely to be a very hot summer.

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Notice the important "for Covid" this doesn't mean they won't allocate beds specifically for olympians it just means no special beds for Covid related issues.

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odd that various Governors 'request' the central government to declare an SOE, yet make this sort of almost sacrilegiously independent-thinking decision. bravo, I say.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Yes Indeed, TAXPAYERS should get the preferential treatment.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Every little helps in chipping away at this IOC Behemoth of international and domestic corruption and vested interests.

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japanese doctors association also said the Olympics should be canceled. But hey, they are only very smart doctors.

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I don’t think vaccinated, world class athletes will need hospitalization from COVID.

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@ happyday

You may be right but what about the hangers on who travel with them.

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Well, the IoC says they are vaccinating all the athletes and coaches, which we have proof leads to no serious COVID cases - so no hospital beds are needed.

Today, the CDC produced new guidelines which are based on the most recent data from large scale testing. It shows that fully vaccinated people usually don't have symptoms from any of the COVID variants and if they do, then they don't get a "virus load" sufficient to pass on the sickness to others.

If you missed their nice graphic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html Quote:

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.

Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

So - vaccinated athletes/coaches have little concern and bring little to worry about for Japan related to COVID.

Japan needs to worry about non-vaccinated people. That's Job-1.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Japan should cancel the Olympics under such circumstances. Not best condition for Olympics.

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Totally second that. Bravo

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Well said that man.

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I am just totally stunned.

Are those governors plainly saying they would not treat a person who needs to be saved becaude they are foreign ?

Until now I had some remorse and would have accepted the Games to be held even if against.

Now Japanese politicians are saying they are against life.

Far worse then Trump because there is intent to kill here.

So sad, so medieval not medical.

Is Hippocratic oath unknown in this country ?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Is Hippocratic oath unknown in this country ?

As a matter of fact, doctors in Japan don’t take such oath yes.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Most of them will be vaccinated. It's far more likely they'll have a sport injury.

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Good news finally my Chiba governor wakes up and does the righteous thing by Japanese and working visa tax payers first.!! Kudos

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Really good and positive news!!! The priority should always be the local people first. So glad at least a JP politician has common sense.

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Are those governors plainly saying they would not treat a person who needs to be saved becaude they are foreign ?

The Olympic athletes aren't all foreign, the Japan squad has 400+ competitors. And certainly no one said athletes wouldn't be treated because they are foreign. Nor did they say they won't be treated.

Not allocating beds means that what beds and staff there are would still be available for all COVID patients, which means athletes may or may not have access to them. Like the rest of us then.

Pre-allocating beds to Olympic athletes with COVID means that they would take priority over others with COVID. Which could lead to unfortunate and highly unpopular consequences, such as the avoidable death of ordinary patients shunted aside in favour of athletes.

COVID beds are in very limited supply, so it sounds as if they'll just have to take the same unpredictable crap that the rest of us are living with. They might get the treatment they need, they might not. There isn't a queue as such, and they're not jumping it. Which is good, because we don't know where we'll be with COVID in two months, and we don't know what kind of strain the system will be under.

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It's far more likely they'll have a sport injury.

Then they won't need to have hospital beds allocated for Olympic athletes infected with the coronavirus.

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Are those governors plainly saying they would not treat a person who needs to be saved becaude they are foreign ?

They're not saying that and you know it. They want to reserve beds for residents, because they live there and have nowhere else to go. And there is a a pandemic here. Nobody is forcing foreign athletes to come and participate in a non-urgent event here. The Olympics are not a life and death situation. You choose to hold an event then get your own doctors.

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Hurry up and cancel already , it’s getting out of hand !!!!

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Are those governors plainly saying they would not treat a person who needs to be saved becaude they are foreign ?

Olympians and those working on the games

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If anyone's coming this at least could add motivation for them to make sure they're vaccinated

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Olympics and government who wants to take advantage of Olympics violate even fairness about health and the lives of people.

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Olympics and government who wants to take advantage of Olympics violate even fairness about health and the lives of people.

The spirit of competition is to get ahead of everyone else

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I don’t think vaccinated, world class athletes will need hospitalization from COVID.

What about the 110,000 volunteers, as well as the incoming 30,000-60,000 support staff, broadcasters. Add in the athletes, and that is pushing 200,000 people. There should be no reserved beds or reserved staff for any of them in the middle of a public health crisis. Of course noone should be denied treatment, and rationing it must be the most gut wrenching decision for a health worker. They should not be forced to make these decisions for a totally avoidable event. So thank you Chiba and Ibaraki governors for standing up for public health.

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CapuchinToday  07:05 am JST

If I were an olympic athlete (If only beer was an olympic sport. ) I'd have serious reservations about competing in a country that has less than 1% of its population vaccinated and refuses to give me a hospital bed if I got sick.

I refer you to the 'Fear of missing out keeps athletes onside for Tokyo' article. The athletes do not seem to care about Japan, only themselves, as is evident from some quoted comments. They are vaccinated and that's all they care about, never mind that they can still bring the virus into an unvaccinated country.

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