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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Could Be Cancelled If Coronavirus Threat Persists

A senior IOC member said that they cannot postpone something the size and scale of the Olympics.



Residents of Casalpusterlengo, an Italian town under lockdown over COVID-19, line up to enter a supermarket. Science Magazine

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — with each passing day — is beginning to look a lot more severe as it spreads further outside Asia.

The World Health Organisation, in fact, has now warned that countries outside China are “simply not ready” for a coronavirus pandemic.

According to Dr Bruce Aylward, head of the joint WHO-Chinese mission on the COVID-19 outbreak, the rest of the world needs to prepare immediately so they can respond rapidly when the novel coronavirus arrives.

“Think the virus is going to show up tomorrow. If you don’t think that way, you’re not going to be ready,” the top WHO expert told reporters in Geneva yesterday, 25 February, reported Reuters.

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