The medical team says hospitals in Tokyo are already overcrowded and have ‘no breathing capacity’.
Japan’s health ministry has refused to suspend the Olympic Games in Tokyo, saying hospitals are already full as the country is battling coronavirus within three months of the start of the Summer Games.
In a letter to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, dated May 14 and posted online on Monday, the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association said the city’s hospitals were “overcrowded and unable to breathe”.
“We strongly urge the government to reassure the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that participating in the Olympics is difficult and to come up with an idea to end the Games,” the letter said.
The commission, which represents about 6,000 supervisory doctors, has appealed against the outbreak of a disease that has led to a shortage of hospital beds in some parts of the Japanese capital and has warned people across the country.
On Friday Suga escalated the third crisis in Tokyo and other provinces until May 31.
But the Prime Minister said playing the “strong and safe” Olympic Games is possible if self-defense measures are followed, including those that would prevent ordinary Japanese people from meeting those who will be attending the games.
Many Japanese people, however, are opposed to hosting this year’s Olympic Games.
A survey conducted last week by Asahi Shimbun on a daily basis found that 43 per cent of those surveyed wanted the Games to be canceled, while 40% wanted to be suspended again.
The figures are based on the 35% who contributed to the exclusion from the survey they wrote with the paper last month and 34% who want further delays.
Meanwhile, an online petition with more than 350,000 signatures demanding the cancellation of the Tokyo Games was also submitted on Friday to local organizers, the IOC and others.
The Tokyo Medical Practitioner’s Association, in a letter dated May 14, said medical organizations working with COVID-19 were already “in their hands and unable to breathe”.
Recently, doctors have faced some challenges in coping with fever in the summer months, the letter said.
It added that if the Olympics could contribute to the deaths, “Japan would be the main culprit.”
Some health experts and medical teams have expressed concern over the Olympics, and Kyoto University professor Hiroshi Nishiura – a public health consultant – is urging governments in April to change the Olympics for another year to allow more time.
Overall, Japan has prevented the spread of foreign invasions, with the death toll of 11,500 people since the outbreak began.
But the government has been widely criticized for releasing vaccines. About 3.5 percent of the approximately 126 million people have been vaccinated so far.
Emphasizing the challenges with vaccination, the inoculation efforts to establish inocols in Tokyo and Osaka – which began receiving reservations on Monday – have been hampered by other problems.