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Olympic volunteers quit over Covid concerns

TOKYO: Another major blow for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Nearly 10,000 volunteers have quit over Covid fears just 50 days before the Games are set to begin.

The number of people who just opted out represents 1/8th of the 80,000 unpaid volunteers who signed up to work the event, which is still set to kick off on July 23rd.

As we previously reported, there is serious backlash in Japan about hosting the Olympics —considering only about 2 to 3% of the population is vaccinated —  and the country reported a surge in cases in May.

In fact, officials extended a State of Emergency in Japan to June 20th because hospitals and other medical care facilities in major cities are being pushed to the brink.

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