Japan declared a COVID-19 state of emergency last month for major population centers in Tokyo and Osaka and two other regions that will last until May 11 to contain a fourth wave of infections.

Six people who helped with Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total number of event attendees who caught the coronavirus to eight, organizers said.

The six, which included a man in his 20s and another in his 30s, assisted in the relay in southern Kagoshima prefecture on April 27, Tokyo 2020 said in a statement on Saturday night.

All of them helped with traffic control and wore masks, three of them doing so in Amami town and the other three in Kirishima town, organizers said.

Earlier last month, two other people who helped with the torch relay on the southern island of Shikoku were diagnosed with COVID-19, including a police officer in his 30s who guided traffic in the area. Kagawa prefecture.

Tokyo 2020 organizers urged people to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

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Japanese authorities are determined to protect Games participants and a local population who, according to opinion polls, are widely opposed to the Olympics due to fears the event could lead to more COVID-19 infections .

Last month, Japan declared a COVID-19 state of emergency for major population centers in Tokyo and Osaka and two other regions that will last until May 11 to contain a fourth wave of infections.

The Games, delayed for a year due to the pandemic, are expected to open on July 23.

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