COVID-19 pandemic hits Tokyo’s Olympic in numbers

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) leaders and the Japanese government appear to set press ahead with the Tokyo Games, delayed once due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Despite worries, the sporting extravaganza may trigger a new wave of infections. There are five numbers to note on the Tokyo Olympics taking place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first number is foreign spectators. Those spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for the Games amid public concerns over the coronavirus as organisers had said this in March. The measures have hit the result in an economic loss of 151 billion yen as per the Nomura Research Institute. The second number is the 48% ratio of the Japanese public siding with cancellation. In a voter poll by the Yomiuri Shimbun daily 48% of respondents was against the Olympics to take place. The third number is 15 billion dollars is the latest Olympic budget. The latest budget for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is up 22% from 1.6 trillion yen before the postponement, and more than twice as big as the estimated budget of 800 billion yen at the time of the bidding of holding the Games.

The fourth number is that vaccination doses should be administered per 100 people in Japan. The last number is that the number of doctors to be deployed for the games per day. The Tokyo Games will rely on 230 doctors and 300 nurses a day, as per the Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto.

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