TOKYO DOCTORS CALL FOR CANCELLATION OF OLYMPIC GAMES DUE TO COVID-19

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A top medical organisation has thrown its weight behind calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics saying hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country battles a spike in coronavirus infections less than three months from the start of the Games.

The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association, representing about 6,000 primary care doctors, said hospitals in the city “have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity” amid a surge in infections.

A jump in infections has stoked alarm amid a shortage of medical staff and hospital beds in some areas of the Japanese capital, prompting the government to extend a third state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures until May 31.