About 80% of people in Japan say this year’s Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled or delayed as worries mount about a record surge in coronavirus cases across the country, a Kyodo News poll showed on Sunday.
Vast majority of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics cancelled or delayed amid COVID-19 surge
STEPANAKERT, JANUARY 12, ARTSAKHPRESS: The survey found 35.3% want the Games to be cancelled and 44.8% favoured another delay. The world’s biggest multi-sports event, postponed last year due to the pandemic, is scheduled to be held from July 23-Aug. 8 in the Japanese capital, Reuters reported.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the greater Tokyo region on Thursday and could extend the measure to other areas as Japan struggles to contain a surge in infections.
Suga has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic and his support rate has tumbled since he took office in September.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan reached 288,818 as of January 10, with 3,850 fatalities.