Following the continuous rise in global coronavirus cases, the US has warned on traveling to Japan over surge in Covid-19 infections in the country ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
However, the US Olympic officials believe their athletes will be able to take part safely in the Games.
Before now, the country had been experiencing low numbers of Covid cases but the narrative has changed as it is now seeing a fresh wave of infections which is pushing the healthcare system in some cities to its limit.
Japan has recorded more than 700,000 infections and 12,000 Covid-19 deaths from the virus.
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) said “travelers should avoid all travel” to the country, warning that in the “current situation in Japan, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading” Covid variants.
Largely, due to the global pandemic, the US currently has 151 countries at level four; its highest alert level, including most of Europe where large sports events go ahead under special Covid restrictions.
Japan at the moment is not allowing tourists and business travellers into the country for the fear of new strains of the virus. The Japanese ban includes people coming from the US being “denied permission, unless there are exceptional circumstances”.
Major parts of the country are currently under a state of emergency to give regional authorities more power to enforce measures against the pandemic.
Tokyo Olympics is an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. It was formerly scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 before it was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will not allow international spectators. Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes. This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled.