2020 Olympic Games flame to be kept in Tokyo

  • Japan
  • Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

A man walks past on a nearly empty street during a snow fall near the Ameyoko shopping and amusement district in Tokyo. The city will be the host for the 2020 Olympic Games flame until the games which which was postponed from July this year to next summer in 2021. - Reuters

TOKYO: The Olympic flame will be displayed in Fukushima for a month before being kept in Tokyo, local reports said on Sunday (March 29).

Japanese broadcaster NHK said that the flame, which arrived in Japan from Athens on March 20, will be on display in J-Villiage, Fukushima from April.

"The show will be managed carefully to avoid the Covid-19 (coronavirus) spread," the report said.

"It would be suspended should there is a big crowd."

The flame will be brought back to Tokyo but Tokyo 2020 has not decided where to keep it before the torch relay starts next year.

Mwanwhile, Japan's health ministry and local governments said on Sunday that the total number of virus infections in Japan has risen to 1,799.

Of the new cases, 68 were confirmed in Tokyo, the second consecutive day the capital city logged more than 60 cases.

The death toll in japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 65 people, including 10 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Of the infections, the majority are still in the capital city of Tokyo, which has confirmed more than 430 cases.

Meanwhile, Osaka has recorded 191 Covid-19 cases, Hokkaido Prefecture 175 cases, while Aichi Prefecture has confirmed 164 infections, health ministry and local authorities said.

The health ministry also said there are currently a total of 65 patients considered severely ill and are on ventilators to receive respiratory assistance or have been admitted to intensive care units for medical treatment.

The ministry added that 975 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, including 603 from the Diamond Princess ship. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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