Russia hopes coronavirus epidemics to be taken under control by Tokyo Olympics

Russia hopes coronavirus epidemics to be taken under control by Tokyo Olympics
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Russia hopes the situation around the novel coronavirus spread will be taken under control by the beginning of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, or by late July, APA reports citing TASS.

There are all the preconditions for that, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said in an interview.

"Naturally, very serious monitoring of the situation around the coronavirus-induced epidemic is exercised both at the international and national levels, in particular in Russia," he said. "We are keeping a close eye on the statements from the WHO, which is authorized to report about developments on that matter. So far, we proceed from the fact that there are preconditions for this epidemic to subside and he hope that its consequences will be neutralized by the beginning of the Olympic Games."

He said that the Russian foreign ministry was guided by the decisions of the International Olympic Committee and was taking efforts to reduce health risks not only for fans but for all Russian nationals. However, in his words, it is up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to decide about the Olympic Games, which are scheduled to open on July 24.

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