Japan’s leading medical organization has also joined the ranks of those demanding the cancellation of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The Tokyo Medical Practice Association says hospitals are already overcrowded amid rising coronavirus infection.
The Tokyo Medical Practice Association brings together about 6,000 doctors. They write that doctors in the host city of the Olympics are so busy with the growth of infection that they can no longer withstand the extra load. There are less than 3 months left before the start of sports events.
“We strongly urge the government to reassure the International Olympic Committee that the Olympics will be difficult to hold and to urge them to decide to cancel the Games,” the May 14 letter to the country’s prime minister said.
There is still a state of emergency in Tokyo. The government has extended emergency measures until May 31 in both the country’s capital and several other prefectures.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be held in 2020, but were postponed due to a pandemic. As of today, the competitions are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8. Olympiad participants will have to follow the strict protocol of Covid-19.