Japan, the host nation of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Video games subsequent summer season, has closed its borders to most overseas nationals after 5 new circumstances of the brand new UK-based coronavirus variant have been detected within the nation. The Japanese closure takes impact on December 28.
The variant, often called B.1.1.7, has set off alarm bells around the globe after first being detected in the UK after scientists stated that it might probably unfold extra quickly than different variants of the virus that has floor the world to a halt during the last yr.
Whereas the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are anticipated to be efficient in opposition to this new pressure, nations around the globe have raced to delay the unfold of B.1.1.7 by re-closing their borders. A lot of the world has now closed borders, or introduced that they are going to shut borders, to vacationers from the UK, the place the variant was first detected.
In lockstep with these new closures, Japan has suspended normal ticket gross sales for the upcoming Emperor’s Cup soccer match that’s scheduled for January 1, 2021 amid an increase in coronavirus circumstances. The occasion is critical to the Olympic motion as a result of it’s the official soccer (soccer) check occasion for the upcoming Olympic Video games. The semi-final matches on Sunday and the finals subsequent week are being held on the 60,000+ Olympic Stadium that was constructed to host the opening and shutting ceremonies and monitor & subject occasions on the Tokyo2020 Olympic Video games, together with parts of occasions in different sports activities.
Tickets already bought for the occasion will nonetheless be legitimate, with 16,000 reportedly bought. Spectator numbers for sporting occasions in Japan can be capped at 5,000 for venues with capacities larger than 10,000.
Japan, because of its geographic proximity to China the place the primary outbreaks of the novel coronavirus have been discovered, closed its borders and enacted strict measures early on to try to management the unfold of the virus.
Regardless of an growing old inhabitants, Japan’s per capita demise charge and an infection charge from the coronavirus is without doubt one of the lowest within the developed world. The nation has reported simply over 213,000 case of coronavirus main to three,155 deaths throughout a inhabitants of 126.5 million folks.
The nation has reported about 1,691 circumstances per 1 million inhabitants and 25 deaths per 1 million inhabitants. That’s as in comparison with charges of 58,274-per-million infections and 1,023-per-million deaths in the USA, which has the highest-reported an infection and demise charges on the earth amongst nations with a inhabitants larger than 11 million folks.
The Toky 2020 Olympic Video games are scheduled to happen from July 23-August 8, 2021. IOC president Thomas Bach stated earlier this month that he was ‘very assured’ that the Olympics would go on in 2021. Upcoming check occasions after the Emperor’s Cup are the Boccia operational check from February 29-March 1, the Sport Climbing check occasion from March 6-8, and the creative swimming check occasion on the Tokyo Aquatics Heart from March 4-7.
Different aquatics check occasions are scheduled for April, together with water polo from April 10-11, diving from April 18-23, and pool swimming from April 24-25. The Marathon Swimming check occasion was held in August of 2019.