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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Meeting is being hijacked by the subject of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this week.
The committee and president Thomas Bach expect the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to go forward starting at the end of July.
The not-yet-labelled pandemic has infected 90,000 people worldwide. It has killed over 3,000.
To date, many Asian-based events and championships have been postponed or cancelled altogether, while some marathons have simply taken out the mass participation portion of the race, affecting tens of thousands.
Thailand has withdrawn from the Tokyo 2020 Wheelchair Rugby competition.
Sapporo, Japan, where the Olympic marathon and race walk events are to take place due to milder temperatures than what Tokyo offers – 800K north – have declared a state of emergency due to the virus.
ITU World Triathlon Series event scheduled for Abu Dhabi is postponed.
The Kyrgyz Republic withdraws from hosting an Asian Olympic wrestling qualifier over coronavirus.
The Paris Half Marathon is now looking for a new date for the annual event due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The event was called off on Saturday, Feb. 29. There are over 40,000 registered participants that have been affected by the postponement.
These are just a handful of the events that have been affected.
To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
Most of the cases were still mild cases, therefore there was no need to panic.
Elderly people with basic diseases, as long as they have pneumonia, were clinically a high-risk factor regardless of whether it is a coronavirus or not, and the case fatality rate was also very high, so it is not that the case fatality rate of pneumonia is high because of the infection with the new coronavirus. “This point must be explained to everyone,” concluded the NHC official.