WHO Chief says success of Tokyo Olympic will depend on how infections are handled

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The director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeus, says the success of the Tokyo Olympic will depend on how well cases of COVID are handled.

Speaking at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo, Tedros said the right plan should be put in place, as the event faces continued opposition just days before the opening ceremony

The WHO Chief further explained that the mark of success is making sure that any cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for as quickly as possible and onward transmission is interrupted..

“The mark of success is making sure that any cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for as quickly as possible and onward transmission is interrupted,” he said.

“It’s my sincerest hope that they succeed not only for the sake of the games themselves and the safety of the athletes, trainers and officials, but as a demonstration of what’s possible with the right plans and the right measures.”

The Tokyo Olympics were forced into an unprecedented delay after the WHO declared a pandemic in March last year but organisers have introduced series of measures to reduce risk and ensure the Games remain safe and secure.




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