According to data from the Japanese government, the number of dual-type cases found in Japan increased from four to 21 in four days on 26 April, only five on 22 April. In all cases, but one case was confirmed by a test of passengers landing at airports in Japan.
Ms. Hashimoto accepted reservations among some in the Japanese public. “There are a lot of people, who are looking forward to the Summer Games,” she said. “On the other hand, there are people who are worried and worried about hosting the Games. Both sides are true, and we must face both sides. “
Organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Mutto said it was not possible to postpone the Games again. With the Beijing Winter Olympics scheduled for 2022 and the Paris Summer Games scheduled for 2024, he said it would be difficult to find a second window.
“This is not something that can be done casually,” Mr. Mutto said. Already, he said, athletes struggled to maintain their fitness and motivation after a year of postponement. Extending for another year, he said, “was probably not practical.”
Mr Mutto said that private contracts with the developers, who have sold condominiums in the Olympic Village, would also be difficult to extend. “Another round of postponement will mean that we will create inconveniences on private sector contracts,” he said.
Organizers say they will try to ensure the safety of the Olympics with measures such as daily testing of athletes and ask that all participants, including coaches, officials and members of the news media avoid public infection. They also increased the number of tests required before arriving in Japan – two within 96 hours within 72 hours of departure from a negative test.
Nonethletes participating in sports such as coaches, officials and others will be tested daily for three days after arrival and then “regularly”, depending on their roles and how close they will be to contact with competitors. They are also being asked to reduce contact with Japanese residents.