WHO highlights fall of infections in Japan, but maintains surveillance for Games – 06/21/2021

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GENEVA, June 21 (EFE) — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the number of COVID-19 cases in Japan is currently at a low level, but indicated that it will continue to contact Japanese authorities as it appears Spectators at the likely Olympic Games.

“We will continue to have meetings this week to analyze measures to be taken with respect to diagnosis, tracking, physical distancing, ventilation and other measures related to the Olympic Games,” said Mike Ryan, WHO’s director for health emergencies. Press conference.

The Irish expert said the incidence of the disease in Japan is relatively low, even lower than in countries that host international sporting events. Although Ryan did not mention any country, Brazil is hosting the Copa America and several European cities are hosting matches in the Euro Cup.

“In recent weeks, the rate of cases in Japan is 80 per million people. The number is three times higher in the United States, 30 times in Brazil, 11 times in the United Kingdom and nine times in Russia,” he remarked.

Japanese officials have announced that the public will be able to attend the Tokyo Olympic Games in stadiums, despite some experts’ contrary recommendations. The state of health emergency in force in the capital and other regions of the country was suspended on Monday.

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