26 February 2020
Japanese Prime Minister urged large sports and cultural events to either suspend, postpone or reduce attendants for the next two weeks. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in Tokyo, Shinzo Abe said in order to reduce risk of infection of the new coronavirus, such measures were necessary.
A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it. Japan's case total of 860, third highest behind China and South Korea, includes 691 passengers and crew from the Diamond Princess. Four former passengers on the ship have died and more than a dozen people who were evacuated by their home countries later tested positive for the virus.
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