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Covid-19: 34,000 spectators in a Japanese stadium to test measures against the virus

Japan will organize baseball games in front of 34,000 spectators, in the midst of the epidemic. It is in fact to test measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 eight months before the Olympic Games (JO), justifies the Minister of the Economy, Yasutoshi Nishimura on Thursday.

The three fixtures will take place from October 30 to November 1 at Yokohama Stadium in the Tokyo metropolitan area. This enclosure, which is to accommodate the baseball and softball (a variant of baseball) Olympic Games will be filled to 80% of its capacity.

The public cannot, for the moment, exceed 50% of the possibilities of hosting stadiums in Japan due to the pandemic. But the government is looking for ways to ease this restriction as the Tokyo Games approach, scheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021 after being postponed.

The Minister of the Economy, in charge of prevention against Covid-19, declared that these matches would be “an experiment”. The governor of Kanagawa province where the stadium is located, Yuji Kuroiwa, said he hoped that these meetings would “make a big step towards the success of the Olympic Games”.

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