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    There are treatments for malaria and for influenza and preventative measures for how to avoid traffic fatalities. Coronavirus isn't a big story because it's new. It's because they don't have a treatment for it yet and it's spreading quicker than the world seems to know how to handle it. It's not about the number of infections so much as an inability to treat those who are infected.
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    Richard Pound's take on the issue: https://www.offtheball.com/other-sports/you-could-go-certainly-go-to-two-months-out-iocs-dick-pound-on-tokyo-threat-972912 Quite realistic, I'd say, at least more so than the usual all will be fine PR coming from Lausanne (and the host city, understandably at this point).
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    An "oddball Tory candidate for London Mayor"? Now why does this sound strangely familiar I wonder...
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    Thanks to the stupid cultists in SK, now the country is the most infected country besides China and its scary as hell how laughably easy it spead into the country so quickly. It basically jumped from 50 to 600 in less than a week. As much as they keep saying this wont ffect the Olympics i'm afraid they are going to get affected one way or another. At least the torch relay which starts next month is gonna be affected for sure
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    Innsbruck hosted in 1964 and 1976 with an interval of only 12 years, but that was due to Denver refusing to host after being selected. St. Moritz hosted with only a 20 year interval between 1928 and 1948, but that was in another age. In the current environment with the IOC preaching the re-use of existing venues who can say how they would react to Vancouver hosting again so soon after 2010. The other side is much more interesting. Why would Vancouver want to host again? It is a truly herculean effort to host, and you don't gain as much economic or PR benefit from hosting as boosters think. So would Vancouver actually be up for hosting again?
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    Don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but if you were planning to attend the Tokyo Olympics, you need to diligently follow what's going on with this coronavirus. The Japanese government is simply putting face-saving and bureaucratic process ahead of public health. Failure to close borders to Chinese early, misguided testing, and now the Diamond Princess debacle. If you have not seen this video yet, you should....not so much for the situation on the cruise ship....but for the governmental mindset. Given the number of new cases in Japan that have nothing to do with the Diamond Princess cruise ship nor with direct linkages to China, it's pretty clear that secondary and further transmission is going on in the community, and seems to be accelerating. In a densely-packed country like Japan, and with 25% of the population over 65, this is not a good thing. I predict that in about 3-4 weeks time, China might be a safer place to be (except Hubei) than Japan. Draconian lockdowns and quarantines do work, even at great economic and personal liberty cost. If you were going to the Games but haven't yet made flight/accommodation arrangements, you might want to hold off for awhile and see how this thing goes. I lived through SARS, and this in many ways is much worse and certainly promises to be more disruptive for a longer period of time. By the way, I wouldn't put a lot of stock in the theory that this virus may disappear with warmer weather. Singapore is warm all year, and they are currrently having to put up a mightly battle to try to stop the community transmission that is now occurring there.
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    As the death count in the coronavirus hit the 2,004 mark, the Chinese organizers are playing numerology games in the hopes of bringing good luck to the Games. China announced some Olympic surprises: Family with the 2,008th death will get free Opening Ceremony seats in Beijing!! The CCP also announced that deaths must stop at 2,022! Any families who have deaths after that will be taken to a special camp and be erased from history. The government of Xi Ping wants to ensure that Beijing 2022 will be a great and memorable Games, even more glorious than Beijing 2008!!
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