The Athletes Village being built for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for cornoavirus patients, APA reports citing Irishexaminer.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games.
The complex, which will eventually include 24 buildings, is expected to remain unoccupied with the Olympics delayed for 16 months.
Mr Koike said the Athletes Village was “one of the options, but the village is not finished yet. We are talking about places that are available even today or tomorrow and checking a possibility one by one”.
As another alternative, Mr Koike said on Friday that the Tokyo city government would buy a hotel to house patients.
The 5,600 units in the Athletes Village will be renovated after the Olympics and sold.
Almost 1,000 are now for sale, or have been sold. Occupancy was supposed to begin in 2023, and apartment prices are listed between 500,000 and 2 million dollars.
The Athletes Village is a joint venture involving 10 major companies and the city of Tokyo. The complex will be known as Harumi Flag and the developers include Mitsui Fudosan Residential, Nomura Real Estate Development and Sumitomo Realty & Development.
The group running Harumi Flag said the proposal to use the property for coronavirus beds was speculation and added the developers had not heard from the city.