Certainly good news, though it seems strange that numbers have dropped so drastically just like that, while in all other countries figures are either stable at a relatively high level or point upwards? What makes Japan so different, I wonder?
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It might help then to have a DIGITAL Covid certificate to actually make this practical. Surely people will not be expected to always carry a paper certificate with them? But then, maybe so. After all, this is Japan...
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Lots of praise from athletes and officials for the Tokyo organisers and volunteers, for pulling off a 'successful' pandemic Olympics and Paralympics. But, for obvious reasons, very ambivalent feelings in Tokyo and Japan. Now that it's all over, we can (hopefully) go back to focus on what really matters. What remains of the Games is a rather questionable legacy. We have yet to see how history will eventually judge the Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics.
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A few days of lower week-on-week numbers doesn't mean that things are now magically improving. Too early to see a clear positive trend. Besides, according to an NHK report today, the number of seriously ill patients in Japan is now at a record high, after setting a new record for the 15th day in a row.
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@Pukey2 Yeah, that's probably it...
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@genkigaijingirl I couldn't agree more! The technology exists, and so does the need. But it seems it's still being predominantly used in non-essential areas as a 'novelty'. The idea with this restaurant is good, but there should be so much more potential for this kind of technology - now more than ever before!
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If I'm not mistaken, then this is the highest number for a Tuesday so far. Big increase from Tuesday last week (and thanks, JT, for adding that), but that figure was impacted by the public holiday on Monday, so 3 Aug may be a more meaningful comparison. On that day the number was 3,709. No change in the upward trend in sight, it seems.
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@divinda I fully agree. Thus far, there may not be any actual evidence of the virus spreading from the "Olympic bubble" to the general public or vice versa (although that doesn't necessarily mean it's not happening), but the Games themselves, and the euphoria they create, send the message that "it's OK to let our guard down while we celebrate the sporting achievements".
The Asahi Shimbun yesterday wrote *"Tokyo’s state of emergency becoming a state of complacency"**.* The result of that is what we are now seeing in the skyrocketing numbers. Evidence that staging such a mega-event during a pandemic was a bad idea from the very beginning.
But for the Government to deny any link between the Olympics and the record number of Covid cases is self-evident. They (and the IOC) will never admit to that, but spin it anyway they can to justify the decision to go ahead.
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I would hardly call it a "race", with only one single contender... Hosting the Summer Olympics used to be a huge honour and could bring benefits (if not necessarily of the financial kind) to the host, but these days there doesn't seem to be any appetite for staging this mega event and incurring those huge costs anymore. One has to question whether the current format still makes sense or should be overhauled.
But at least Brisbane is unlikely to experience the huge issues Tokyo is facing during these trying days...
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@Mirchy, I think the simple answer is, they can't, despite Bach's assurances that the Olympic Village is "absolutely safe". But let's see how this will all unfold in the coming days...
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The signs are there that it will be.
On the plus side, yes, vaccinations are progressing (though still not fast enough).
At the same time I understand that the much more transmissable Delta variant apparently still only accounts for 30% of all new infections (which would be a much lower ratio than in other countries). Despite that, the numbers have been rising fast in the past couple of weeks.
With the Delta variant expected to become more dominant as time progresses, and more movement and risk caused by the Olympics, I believe that the only way is up. The only question is how much.
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“IOC Pres. Thomas Bach is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo on Thurs, when he will be greeted by … ? [fill in the blank] ... large crowds of cheering people? Nah, maybe not, lol.
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If they cut attendance to zero, there won't be any need to release lottery results at all...
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A lot more to follow in the days and weeks ahead, no doubt.
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"Earnestly hoping" may not be quite enough...
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Fascinating how a 'slight shift in public opinion' can turn an 80% opposition to holding the Games next month into a 'majority in favour' of holding it...
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Cap at 10,000. Regardless of size of venue???
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I believe that was the plan all along: Extend the SoE until 20 Jun to bring case numbers down to a level that would seem to somehow justify allowing spectators. After all, they wouldn't want to have to forgo all of the ticket revenue, right?
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"The central government is also considering administering ... the vaccine at workplaces to further accelerate the rollout."
I thought that one of the main problems with the vaccination program was a lack of personnel authorized to give a jab... So how exactly this plan is going to help accelerate the rollout is not quite clear to me...
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Well put, @Aly Rustom and @A Canadian!
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And why exactly is this relevant?
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Obviously trying to save his own neck by deferring responsibility to the IOC. Unless the infection rate miraculously goes down dramatically just in the nick of time, and the Games become a resounding success, in which case Suga will make sure he gets the credit for it. But by clearly distancing himself from any responsibility for the decision at this point, he kind of signals that he doesn't believe that this is a very likely scenario...
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Poignant detail: The article mentions that the Antwerp Games were held 'in the AFTERMATH of World War One and the Spanish flu', i.e. the Spanish flu had been over for 4 months when the Games were held. Hardly what can be said about the current situation, with Covid still raging around the world, and with less than 100 days to go till the start of the Games. Maybe this gives us a clue why the Tokyo Olympics cannot be compared to 1920...
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It's not a matter of "if", but a matter of "when" the adamant denial will come... Watch this space...
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And how exactly do "quasi-emergency" measures differ from a proper state of emergency? Same difference...
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What surprises me the most is that, after more than year of this, those in charge still seem to be 'surprised' about the effects of their action - or lack of it, as the case may be. Apparently nothing has been learnt throughout all this.
So let's continue to impose as few restrictions as we can get away with, so as not to affect the economy too much, infringe on people's freedom of movement or endanger the Olympics, to at least bring the numbers down a bit to show that 'everything is under control'. Then when numbers do come down, let's open up again as quickly as possible. Until numbers spike again - inevitably. It's like a yo-yo that will go up and down forever - or at least until they get their act together and get those vaccines into people's arms, and fast. It's the only way out of this pandemic.
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@Goodlucktoyou, I do hope you're not being serious!
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I think it's not only the health experts that are unconvinced, but 80% of the population. So let's just say the vast majority of people, with the notable exception of the local Government, JOC officials, Mr. Bach himself, and athletes that are eager to compete for a medal despite the risks and the prospect of Olympic Games that will defy the spirit that the Games should be all about, bringing people and cultures together and having a good time while enjoying world class sport.
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