May 16, 2022


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“Ugandan Tests Positive For Covid-19 Ahead Of The Olympics”


As one of the many ways Covid-19 impacted our society today, a number of sports events were postponed from 2020 to 2021 and Tokyo Olympics was one of those, since it (the virus) caught the “world off guard”. The Olympics are supposed to commence this month but critics are raising concerns as a member on the Ugandan Team arrived and tested positive.

The Ugandan team was the second, after the Australian women’s softball team, to arrive for the Olympics, which open on July 23.

Uganda is seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 variants and has just tightened lockdown measures. About 590 deaths have been reported, likely an undercount, given the scarcity of testing.

In Japan, a state of emergency to curb the spread of the virus in Tokyo, Osaka and other urban areas ends on Sunday, although daily cases are still growing by several hundred.

There has been no lock-down in Japan. The so-called emergencies, which have lasted for most of this year, focus on having restaurants and stores close early, limiting crowd size at venues, and asking people to social distance, work from home and wear masks.

The vaccination rate in Japan is the slowest among developed nations, with about six percent of the population fully vaccinated. Although the rollout is gradually picking up, most people are unlikely to be fully vaccinated ahead of the Olympics.

More than 14,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Japan.

Source: Aljazeera, IMAGE: AP News

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