There’s no decision about the Tokyo Olympics yet, WHO says

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TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: A woman wearing a face mask walks past the Olympic rings in front of the new National Stadium, the main stadium for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, on February 26, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Concerns that the Tokyo Olympics may be postponed or cancelled are increasing as Japan confirms 862 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as some professional sporting contests are being called off or rescheduled and some major Japanese corporations ask for people to work from home. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, said, “we are working extremely closely with the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, and are providing them with risk assessment and risk management advice.” “No decision has or will be taken in the near term regarding the future of the Olympics,” he said.

Ryan cautioned, it’s not just the Olympics they are advising on, but all mass gatherings, including religious or sports events. 

Many events in the past have gone ahead during outbreaks, such as the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics which continued during an outbreak of Zika virus, Ryan added. 

Source: CNN News

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