Japan considers viewers’ obligation to test for COVID-19 negative

Jakarta (medialnews) – Japan is considering imposing a negative COVID-19 test result or vaccination record on spectators participating in the Tokyo Olympics, following a recent investigation showing strong public resistance to the organization of the Olympic Games.

With the opening of the Olympics in less than two months, public confidence has been further shaken by the fourth wave of coronavirus infections and the slowness of vaccinations.

Foreign spectators have been banned from participating and Olympic organizers are expected to make a decision next month on whether to attend domestic spectators. If domestic spectators are allowed to attend, what terms or conditions must be met.

In addition to measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as banning cheers and high-fives, the Yomiuri newspaper, as quoted by Reuters on Monday, also reported that the Japanese government was considering determining whether viewers should provide a COVID-19 test negative. results obtained in the week following the live viewing directly at the Olympics.

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The report angered some social media users, with thousands of tweets criticizing the country’s relentless efforts to host the Olympics amid the pandemic.

The term “negative test certificate” was reportedly trending on Twitter in Japan, collecting more than 8,000 tweets as of Monday morning.

Japan last Friday (5/28) extended the COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and several other regions until June 20. The country has set a new record of rising number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition in recent days, even as the infection rate has slowed.

In a survey published Monday by the Nikkei newspaper, more than 60% of those questioned supported the cancellation or postponement of the Olympics, according to previous polls reported by several other media.

The Olympics had already been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, but the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have decided that the prestigious sports competition, which will run from July 23 to August 8, will continue according to strict rules of the health protocol. .

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Journalist: Arindra Meodia
Editor: Rr. Cornée Khairany

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