A security guard wears a sign asking members of the public to refrain from lining the route of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo: Reuters A security guard wears a sign asking members of the public to refrain from lining the route of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo: Reuters
A security guard wears a sign asking members of the public to refrain from lining the route of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo: Reuters

Japan accused of ‘massaging’ coronavirus figures ahead of Tokyo Olympics

  • A new counting method adopted in June leaves out some groups from bed occupancy figures, immediately bringing some areas to within the limits set by medical advisers for a safe Games
  • Critics accuse the health ministry of a ‘blatant attempt to make things appear better than they are’, while health experts warn another wave of infections is inevitable and could peak just as the Olympics begin

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
A security guard wears a sign asking members of the public to refrain from lining the route of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo: Reuters A security guard wears a sign asking members of the public to refrain from lining the route of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo: Reuters
A security guard wears a sign asking members of the public to refrain from lining the route of the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo: Reuters
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