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Although still weeks off, the Olympics are approaching with remarkable speed — and yet Japan remains mired in the coronavirus crisis.

A survey by Yomiuri Daily Newspaper Monday showed that half of Japan thinks the games will go on as planned, despite escalating resistance.

More than half of Japanese citizens — 60 percent — have called for a delay or cancelation of the games, and over 10,000 volunteers have dropped out because of COVID concerns.

10,000 VOLUNTEERS DROP OUT; TOKYO OLYMPICS OPEN IN 50 DAYS

The coronavirus statistics aren’t trending in the right direction. Daily 100 people in Japan die from COVID, and it’s far from slowing down: Tokyo alone sees 500 new cases per day. Only 2-3 percent of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated.  

If the games continue as planned, the athletes, visitors and media — both vaccinated and not — from over 200 countries will arrive in less than 50 days.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga aims to vaccinate all older residents of Japan at the end of July. But if Japan reaches this goal,  70 percent percentage of the Japanese population wouldn’t be fully inoculated from the opening ceremonies on July 23, according to the Associated Press.

Lawmakers opposing the event   gathered  Monday to press Suga and his cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the games in spite of the growing health fears.

Suga’s approval rating dropped to  40 percent   final month, the lowest it has been since he took office 10 months ago.

PHYSICIAN WARNS TOKYO OLYMPICS COULD SPREAD VARIANTS

Doctors now are even warning of the event creating new mutations, dubbed the “Olympic breed . “

“All of the different mutant strains of this virus which exist in different places will be focused and collecting here in Tokyo. We can’t deny the possibility of even a new strain of the virus potentially emerging, ” head of the Japan Doctors Union Naoto Ueyama warned.

Shigeru Omi, Japan’s top health adviser, said hosting the matches  in the middle of a health crisis is “not normal. ”  

The decision to cancel, however, cannot be taken lightly—a complete cancellation would cost the nation an estimated $17 billion. Insurers who endorsed the event would confront a $2-3 billion reduction . Agents say this would be the largest claim for a global event ever made in history.

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Either option could result in catastrophe, and the strain is felt by the people of Japan and the decision-makers alike.

A Japanese senior Olympics official died Monday after jumping in front of a train.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach insists that the games will still go on as scheduled, even if they are accompanied by ” a few sacrifices. “

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