Olympics set to continue despite rising coronavirus cases


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday, Jan. 7th that he is confident the Olympics will continue ahead, despite a state of emergency being declared for the Tokyo region.

COVID-19 cases are rising quickly in Japan, although they are still at a far lower level than those seen in Europe and the United States.

With the Olympics due to begin at the end of July, having already been postponed a year from 2020, there is concern that they will have to be cancelled altogether, unless the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control around the world.

Prime Minister Suga said he hopes a global vaccine effort will allow the games to go ahead.

Authorities in Japan plan to start a vaccination campaign by the end of February.

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