Sumary of WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics:
- TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization told sports officials Wednesday as events began in Japan.
- The number of Games-linked COVID-19 cases in Japan this month was 79 on Wednesday, with more international athletes testing positive at home and unable to travel.
- Teammates classed as close contacts of infected athletes can continue training and preparing for events under a regime of isolation and extra monitoring.
- Health experts in Japan have warned of the Olympics becoming a “super-spreader” event bringing tens of thousands of athletes, officials and workers during a local state of emergency.
- “There is no zero risk in life,” said Tedros, who began his keynote speech minutes after the first softball game began in Fukushima, and added Japan was “giving courage to the whole world.
- ”The WHO leader also had a more critical message and a challenge for leaders of richer countries about sharing vaccines more fairly in the world.