Coronavirus May Delay the Olympic Games, As Death Toll Rises to 3.4%

As confirmed by global health officials, the coronavirus death toll has risen to about 3.4% around the world and Japan’s sports minister has said there is a possibility of delay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, to curb further spread of the feared disease.

The former confirmed mortality rate was estimated at around 2% globally, but with the recent look of things, it seems the coronavirus is becoming a more deadly disease and may alter the previous plans already set in place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. When the coronavirus is compared to flu, it is found to have a far larger mortality rate, as that of flu is estimated at far less than 1%.

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who heads the World Health Organization, many people already built immunity to the seasonal flu strains, the new coronavirus is a new virus no one is immune to. This directly implies that the coronavirus will infect and kill more people than the flu.

While it can be recalled that the Tokyo Olympics is less than five months away, the fact that the fast-spreading virus will put the Olympic athletes at great risk cannot be overlooked. If the cases of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 continue to spread unabated, there is a strong possibility of a delay of the Olympic Games.

While it is agreed that the coronavirus is a distinct and deadlier virus, it is also important to note that it doesn’t spread as easily as the flu. Dr. Tedros pointed out that the active spreaders of influenza are infected but not yet sick. With coronavirus, however, the reverse seems to be the case.

Japan continues to remain a flashpoint for the coronavirus, as they reached their 1000th confirmed case on Wednesday, March 04, 2020, with 12 deaths so far. It is also reported that 704 of the 1000 cases were on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship.

As confirmed by Japanese minister Seiko Hashimoto, the IOC has the right to cancel the games only if it fails to hold during the 2020 calendar year, otherwise, the games could be postponed as much as they deemed fit. He also added that they were not planning to prevent the games from holding, just to postpone until the coronavirus dies down.

The suggestion wasn’t met by a smiling face by the IOC, as the committee spokesman, Mark Adams insisted the games would be held on the planned date and there have been no plans for postponement yet.

New cases of the coronavirus are dropping in China, with only 119 reported on Wednesday.

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