Regarding the risk assessment of the spread of the new coronavirus infection associated with the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, volunteers of experts who deal with the new coronavirus, such as Chairman Shigeru Omi of the government subcommittee, summarized the proposal that "it is desirable to hold without spectators" and the competition It was submitted to Chairman Hashimoto of the Organizing Committee and Minister of Economic Revitalization Nishimura.
The recommendation states that "holding no spectators is desirable because it has the least risk of spreading infection", and if spectators are to be included, adopt stricter standards than the current standards for holding large-scale events, and the flow and contact of people across regions. In order to curb the opportunity, the audience is limited to the people at the venue, and the government and organizers are required to make the audience unattended if there is a sign of the spread of the infection.
Regarding the risk of spread of infection, even if vaccination progresses smoothly, there is a possibility that the number of infected and severely ill people will increase again from next month to August, and the effect of the mutant virus, which is said to be highly infectious. It is said that the speed of spread of infection may be faster than before.
In addition, the scale and attention of the tournament are different from those of ordinary sporting events, and since the holding period overlaps with summer vacation and Obon, there is a risk of infection spread and medical pressure due to increased flow of people and contact opportunities throughout the country. There is.
Experts such as Chairman Omi will hold a press conference at the Japan National Press Club from 6 pm on the 18th to explain the content of the proposal and the background of the submission.
Chairman Omi "I wrote down the risks and ingenuity"
Shigeru Omi, chairman of the government subcommittee, responded to the press after submitting a proposal to the Minister for Economic Revitalization Nishimura on the risk assessment of the spread of the new coronavirus infection associated with the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Chairman Omi said, "If you are going to the Olympics, the infection will spread and I want you to do it in a way that medical care will not be tight. As an expert, what kind of risks are there and what kind of ideas can be considered for it? However, I would like to explain the content of the proposal carefully at the press conference. "
Chairman Hashimoto "Judging the upper limit of the audience based on the recommendations"
Mr. Hashimoto, Chairman of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, revealed that he received an opinion from Chairman Omi of the government subcommittee on the risk assessment of the spread of infection associated with the Tokyo Games. I would like to discuss whether we will realize peace of mind. "
After that, he said, "It is basic to operate under the policy of the government," and expressed his intention to determine the upper limit of the number of spectators at a meeting between the government and the IOC, which is scheduled to be held next week. I did.
Before 9:30 am on the 18th, Chairman Omi of the government subcommittee walked into the building in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, where the Games Organizing Committee is located, and did not respond to the questions from the reporters.
After that, he submitted his opinion to Chairman Hashimoto about the risk assessment of the spread of infection associated with the Tokyo Games.
Chairman Hashimoto attended an expert meeting of the Organizing Committee to consider measures for the new corona, which was held from 10 am. I would like you to discuss at this expert meeting whether we will realize this. "
After that, he said, "It is basic to operate under the policy of the government, and I would like to make a decision through five-party discussions with the government and the IOC." He expressed his desire to determine the upper limit of the number of spectators.
Minister of the Olympic Games Marukawa "Attention to discussions at the expert meeting of the Organizing Committee"
At a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, the Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Marukawa said, "I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard that you can have various discussions at the expert meeting of the Organizing Committee today. I would like to pay close attention to whether the Organizing Committee will accept the content. What we can do is to firmly support it. "
Furthermore, regarding the treatment of spectators at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Minister of State for Special Mission Marukawa acknowledged that the number of people will not exceed the upper limit of 10,000 transitional measures when priority measures such as spread prevention are lifted.
As a countermeasure against the new coronavirus, the government has decided to take transitional measures to limit the number of people to 10,000 after the priority measures such as declaration of emergency and prevention of spread are lifted when conducting large-scale sporting events. ..
Prime Minister Suga said on the 17th about the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics spectators, "I think the maximum number of people will be decided based on these rules."
In connection with this, Minister of State for Special Mission Marukawa said at a press conference, "We have decided to make a decision on the number of spectators this month in a five-party talk, and the discussion will be finalized from now on."
On top of that, he said, "I understand that it will not exceed the upper limit regulation set by the government," and that it will exceed the upper limit of 10,000 people as a transitional measure when priority measures such as spread prevention are lifted. Showed the recognition that there is no.
Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Tamura "We will respond if necessary"
At a press conference, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Tamura said, "I haven't received any specifics yet, so I can't comment, but if there is something I would like to refer to, I will respond if necessary." It was.