The Olympic circus will go on and be proclaimed a victory for mankind. The story is already written. Cases in Tokyo are of insignificance, whatever they are, to the Olympic machine and its minions the media. Just look at the stories even here in JT. Fairy tale victories and gold medals are all that matter and world wide too. Sugo will ride on the coat tails and be elected with even a greater majority as the masses applaud the Japanese gold! What matters a few people serious in hospital, 78 according to here, or the grand circus?
The real stories coming out like the failure of the vaccinations and their longevity, well they can wait till the circus is over.
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and on the first plane out
and it should be for the whole team
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Nobody cares about these stories any more. The athletes can do as they please. It’s all about fairy tale victories and gold medals. The media is fully behind the Olympic machine. Just look at the daily stories here. Who cares about a few infected athletes or officials, who aren’t even ill, when the biggest circus is in town
The Olympics will be proclaimed a huge success and victory to mankind. It is already preordained. Every gold medal to Japan is a star to Suga for an even bigger victory in the next election. Looks his gamble to hold the games has paid off big time.m
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100 cases a day is a national emergency for Australians barely allowed to go outside, but almost 2000 a day in Tokyo is nothing and it is all go gold for the Olympics. 80,000 people into a far bigger emergency without quarantine including many Australians is okay by them. The hypocrisy of Australia with such strict rules and standards or their own country , where they have already cancelled far smaller international events scheduled for much later in the year, but completely reversed and ignored for Japan seems to me a form of racism. JLM too, not gold medals for Australia at any cost to lesser countries than their esteemed selves. Anyhow they can keep watching reruns of any gold medals they get from their locked down homes for months to come as they are not getting out of it for some time to come.
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Great job by the numbers man sitting by the fax machines and full marks to the reduction in testing to manage to keep the number below 2000 for the glorious victory opening of the Olympics with that tiny bit of better news! End of the week and the usual drop in numbers just cannot come soon enough. BTW do the numbers of infected foreigners visiting for the Olympics get counted in the Tokyo numbers or do they have a separate special category like the Diamond Princess numbers? If so they don't seem keen to keep announcing them daily for months like they used to for the Diamond Princess,
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So will they be the "2nd" and the "3rd" athletes to miss their events after the Chilean announced yesterday as the "1st". Although there seems some to have been other athletes who tested positive earlier who must still have been allowed to compete!
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I thought Tedros just said the Olympics are at danger because of the COVID virus, yet here is promoting it and partying up with the rest of the VIPS and Japanese politicians. Sure to be at the opening ceremony. Yes dangerous for the Japanese people who should all stay at home to watch it but not for foreign VIPS who need no quarantine and Japanese politicians who are also free to banquet in groups.
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This is an empty apology. Every single thing this guy does is about getting reelected. His political advisers have advised to do this as the best way to minimise his bad press and recent lower public support which are the lowest levels in a year in most recent poll because of this issue. The election which might have been this year will defintitley be delayed till next year when he is hoping the vaccinations will have caught up and people will have forgotten or forgiven him for the current mess,
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Oh come on.
Do you think she was ever going to come to Tokyo an not attend the opening games and some event etc?
Coates is just the scapegoat to hide this for political reasons. Blame him and she can now do all the things she intended whilst looking politically clean. Her skyrocket popularity may reach even newer heights whilst Australians cower in their homes. Yes I know Qld is not currently in lockdown like the other half the country but this won’t last long.
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and cheer on American athletes at several Olympic events before departing the capital,
I thought cheering was banned for spectators at the Olympics. But I guess like everything else this rule has been dropped for the remaining elite VIP spectators
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First there were no other bidders and their victory was a certain thing. So what is with the celebrations of victory is there was no opposition to beat.
Second it is insane. Doing the same thing as other cities which all made a loss at the Olympics and expecting it to come out differently for you is the definition of inasnity,
Third they are here in Tokyo watching the train wreck Olympics go on and they still cannot see something might be wrong.
An finally it will probably have to be cancelled as Australia will be the last country still locked down as they continue searching for the perfect zero COVID cases ( And Australia, unlike Japan, will break the contract and tell the IOC where to go if it involves something like COVID)
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Well said gin tonic. I was going to reply similarly about the the cooking the covid numbers comment
The real numbers could be 10 or 20 times more, if they did more testing, so they are managing to cook the numbers very well despite the increase from their point of view. Seems they can get away with holding the games with 2000 or 3000 cases but 10,000 or more daily might not have been so easy
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So this mean all the other athletes who have tested positive before him are still good to go and compete? What about the America player in quarantine who has to go home after 10 days and others. How is this the first?
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The WHO always experts at stating the obvious way way too late.
no pandemic till it was way past being one,
international travel should not be stopped, till it was way too late for this, the root cause of it spread to have gone on too long. ( eventhough China stopped those same travellers traveling in China it was ok to the rest of the world according to WHO)
and now the Olympics might have a problem just before they start, after their approval has been spruked by the IOC as a reason to hold them
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Poor Australians, unfair advantage to the Japanese team who have led a normal life whilst the Australian team could not train in lockdowned Australia and the restricted closed up bubble after arriving in Japan. Plus they are not used to this type of heat the poor things.
anyhow no problem there is always 2032 in Brisbane as long as Australia is still not lockdowned then still trying for zero covid cases
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Countless new stories about Olympic failures.
He might not be able to sleep ever again if he really cared
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The bigger story that doesn’t even get asked is how she got a visa to come in to Australia to appear on an Australian reality show when quotas for The number of Australians to return to Australia have just been halved and there are thousands of Australians waiting to come home but cannot. Where is the greater good here? And this is not a one off. Well to do Australian and international , celebrities, politicians etc have done multiple overseas trips within this closure time often with special quarantine in their own homes. Big delegation just arrived in Tokyo for the games too.
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And next election they will win convincingly without any problems. They do whatever they like such as holding unpopular Olympics as they know this. since so many don’t vote that 34% who will vote is enough to win.
The polls are a minor inconvenience. Worst case they put a new puppet in the top spot and the polls will go up dramatically.
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And what about the contact tracing of the numerous people they must have come in contact with. Of course this is Japan and we don't do contact tracing in Japan. But people they may have spread the disease to should test positive in the next week or so and so the virus goes on and as we know it will in the cruise ship like condition of the Olympic village as it spreads it asymptotic way.
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Go in and give everybody in their team a proper pcr test instead of the sham self saliva tests, that will never find any cases, and there are sure to be few positives that they can eliminate from the games in retribution, if not the whole team
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Take a knee at the start of your games that will solve it
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A welcome reception for Bach on Sunday will be attended by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and 40 guests, according to reports.
let the banquets begin. Please support the Olympics from your homes, don’t do out, bars and restaurants shut. Don’t go out in groups etc etc
Meanwhile the PM and I will have lavish patties every night with big groups of foreign guests and VIPs who entered the country without quarantine whilst Japanese citizens cannot even return now.
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Thailand has a lot in common with Japan. Behind in vaccinations and one of those countries that's main philosophy is to fight the virus by keeping official numbers low with minimal testing (and counting on the asymptomatic and those with mild symptoms just to get better). Unfortunately, like for Japan, it is not working so well with the Delta virus. They also follow the stopping alcohol is the cure for stopping the virus philosophy and have their own set of nonsensical , conflicting rules.
Unlike Japan though, they chose the Chinese vaccine and also they are not as adverse as Japan to mandating lockdown and other measures if they feel it suits them.
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Dont worry about the athletes, they, politicians and celebrities etc can always return to Australia as the rules are different for them. The cricketeers in India were only very temporarily inconvenienced and then went straight to the head of the queue with their own special flights and quarantine outside the caps for everyone else. You can be sure the almighty Olympic athletes will get the same treatment. But it will be interesting to see how many test positive on their return and in their quarantine.( And if it leaks from their quarantine hotel that will be an interesting story.) But yes for the rest fo the world even Australians overseas it will be along time till the borders open for normal travel
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Yes first case reported here but others have already been reported in overseas media. It is remarkable it even got reported here at all, Must have slipped through the Japanese media "cooperation" with the government on which stories to release, or somehow someone in the foreign media got it who don't care about this "cooperation".
Someone's head may roll for this aberration to the Olympic peace and victory for mankind propaganda with the 100% guaranteed safe Olympics.
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How ironic. Now Japanese citizens are NOT allowed to return to Japan in favor of foreigners entering for the Olympics. (Which Bach and Suga promised would not inconvenience the Japanese people BTW). Japanese wishing to return to Japan from Indonesia can NOT because there are no hotel rooms for their mandatory required quarantine. Instead these room are being used by foreigners who are allowed to enter Japan with NO quarantine! And little outrage from the Japanese people, the wonderful peace victory Olympics propaganda flows on with Bach and Coates touring the country
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one up on this story.. He now is asking for spectators to be allowed in
And the PM could not even give a definitive NO.
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Doesn’t she have enough money yet?
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At least Australia had the honesty to do a legitimate test and report the negative result. How many countries will be issuing fake positive results, not reporting positive results, using self administered saliva tests ( like at the Olympic village ) so there athletes can still attend? Some may be found at the airport, but with the current chaos there some won’t.
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