In Japan, resistance has arisen against the plan of the Olympic Organization Committee to deploy 500 extra nurses during the Games. Japanese health care fears that the pressure on regular care will be too high because of the coronavirus.
The Japanese government intends to test all athletes and trainers at the Tokyo Olympics on a daily basis for coronavirus. The use of additional nursing staff is necessary in order to carry out this test policy.
This week, the hashtag ‘application for 500 nurses’ became a trending topic on Twitter in Japan, in which many users criticized the proposal. “This is not a joke, people will die because of the Olympic Games,” it sounded among other things.
Chairman Toshiro Muto of the Organising Committee denied the suggestion that the proposal would have been made ‘behind closed doors’ and hopes to create a workable situation through ‘precise‘ cooperation with the Japanese authorities.
The (online) criticism is yet another point of discussion at the much-discussed Olympic Games, which last from 23 July to 8 August. There has been resistance to the event in Japan for a long time, while this country is also struggling against the coronavirus.
The organisation of the Games has also confirmed that, due to current contamination figures, a decision will not be taken until June on the admission of the Japanese population to the sporting events. It was clear earlier that foreign spectators are not welcome.