Olympics organizers consider setting up virus control center

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus, plan to set up an infectious disease control center during the event, scheduled from July 23 to August 8.

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This structure would have the colossal task of coordinating the testing and then the tracing of people infected with COVID-19, their isolation and their treatment.

“During the Games, her function would be to coordinate and pilot anti-infectious measures in cooperation with local health and hygiene centers and an infirmary located in the athletes’ village,” said Toshiro Muto, the general manager, on Tuesday. of the organizing committee.

Mr Muto was speaking after a meeting of the working group, made up of representatives of the organizers, municipal authorities and the government, which was formed to develop the guidelines for the health policy of the Games.

This group has already discussed measures such as banning handshakes, restricting the movement of athletes or the designation of reserved routes in order to limit contact and exposure to the virus. No final decision is expected before the first part of 2021.

Faced with the upsurge in the number of positive cases in many countries, doubts have been expressed as to the possibility of hosting the Games. The organizers said, however, that the existence of a vaccine was not essential and that a further delay was not possible.

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