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TOKYO (Reuters) – Authorities in Japan’s Osaka will focus on plans on Friday with organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Video games to cancel the western area’s leg of the Olympic torch relay, its governor mentioned, to avert a conflict with measures to curb a spate of virus infections.

The 121-day relay, set to the touch Osaka in mid-April, is seen as the primary main take a look at of Video games organisers’ potential to carry a big occasion underneath strict coronavirus curbs. It options 10,000 runners carrying the torch by means of 47 prefectures.

“We will not have the Olympic torch relay happen on the general public roads of Osaka metropolis,” Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura informed reporters, including that the talks with organisers can be held on Friday night.

“I might like to debate with the Tokyo 2020 organising committee whether or not there is perhaps one thing we might do rather than the relay.”

The organisers require roadside spectators to put on masks, observe social distancing and keep away from cheering to restrict unfold of the virus, though there have been no stories of infections arising from the relay.

Osaka metropolis is the capital of considered one of Japan’s largest prefectures, which has a inhabitants of practically 9 million folks, and is grappling with a leap in infections surpassing these within the larger metropolis of Tokyo, the capital.

A two-month excessive of greater than 600 new circumstances reported on Thursday, prompted the prefecture to undertake new emergency measures, akin to shorter enterprise hours and requests for folks to do business from home, which can run till Could 5.

The Olympics, delayed by a 12 months due to the pandemic, are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8 and the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

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