Coronavirus fears: Tokyo postpones training for Olympics volunteers

Coronavirus fears: Tokyo postpones training for Olympics volunteers

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Following the spread of the coronavirus in Japan, the Government has decided to postpone the training for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

The training, which was scheduled to be held from Saturday, will be rescheduled, the organizing committee said in a statement released late Friday.

But, this postponement of training will not affect other preparations, and organizers are not considering canceling the games, the statement said. Japan is facing growing questions about whether it is doing enough to stop the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which emerged in central China late last year and has spread to 24 other countries.

Some investors are starting to worry the epidemic could scupper the Olympics, which are scheduled to start in Tokyo on July 24. More than 400 Japanese and foreign passengers are set to disembark from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship near Tokyo after weeks aboard in quarantine. Two of them - both Japanese in their 80s - died on Thursday, and about 100 passengers are set to be transferred ashore in the coming days for further quarantine.

More than 80 people have tested positive for the virus in Japan.