Japan in no mood to cancel or postpone Summer Olympics over new coronavirus

Last Modified Thursday, 13 February 2020 (12:48 IST)
Tokyo:is not considering cancellation or  postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games over the outbreak of a  new coronavirus, Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee chief  Yoshiro Mori said on Thursday.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9."I want to again state clearly that cancellation or postponement of the  Tokyo Games has not been considered," Mori said at a meeting with the  International Olympic Committee, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.
 
According to the official, the organizers will "work with the government  and respond calmly" to any problems, related to the epidemic.
 
The new strain of was first detected in the Chinese city of  Wuhan in late December and has since spread to more than 25 other  countries. The epidemic has already left more than 1,300 people dead in  China. Japan has registered more than 200 confirmed cases of the new  coronavirus, including 218 people on board of the Diamond Princess  cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama.
 
In late January, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency in light of the epidemic.