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Japan to limit size of groups for Olympics


Japan to limit size of groups for Olympics
The Olympic rings are illuminated in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, January 22, 2021. (Reuters)

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Tokyo – Japan is considering limiting the number of people who will be allowed to accompany foreign ministers and leaders for the delayed Tokyo Olympics due to health concerns amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

Kyodo said the Japanese government will restrict the accompanying staff to 11 people per head of state, while cabinet-level delegations will be limited to five people, the report said.

The Tokyo Games, postponed last year due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, were rescheduled for July 23 to August 8 this year.

Kyodo said VIP guests will be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of travelling to Japan and will be retested on arrival.

Earlier, the Sankei newspaper reported that Japan is also considering limiting spectators to 50 per cent of venue capacity due to risks posed by the spread of the virus.

Although the number of COVID-19 cases in Japan is relatively low compared to other countries such as the US, some areas, including Tokyo are still under a state of emergency, with the country experiencing a third wave of the pandemic. (Reuters)