”Tokyo Olympics to face risk if coronavirus mutates”, says Japan adviser

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The Tokyo Olympics may be postponed again if the virus transforms into a stronger Pathogen, says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a prominent Japanese government adviser on Monday.

Kurokawa served as a cabinet science advisor from 2006-08 and currently, he is advising the government about coronavirus.

“I think the virus is mutating all the time … it may be a much stronger virus that triggers a second wave,” Kurokawa told Reuters.

“The Olympics may be postponed again, but I can’t predict. I think it’s small incidents happening in Tokyo … new cases are because people are not abiding by recommendations,” Kurokawa said of the current spike in infections.

“But if there are some mutations, that is a completely different story. That could happen anywhere in the world.” he added.

Yuriko Koike, Tokyo governor told Reuters that the games which were scheduled to start from this month are postponed again because of the increasing cases of COVID-19. In Tokyo, around 1/3rd of the population is suffering from this virus.

“I think one of the concerns of this pandemic is how to prevent the spread of this corona infection. The other side of this issue is … how to promote the economy. Many people are losing their jobs,” he said.

Kurokawa was appointed last month to manage the use of artificial intelligence to fight with coronavirus.

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