Olympic torch relay cancelled in Japanese city over COVID-19 surge
BookmarkTOKYO: A western Japanese city cancelled the Tokyo Olympics torch relay over spiking COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 14), the second area to scrap the event as the clock ticks down to the postponed Games.The decision comes 100 days before the 2020 Olympics begin and accompanies
about the viability of the event, with virus cases surging in Japan and abroad.AdvertisementAdvertisement"We will cancel the torch relay in Matsuyama city. We will hold the celebration for the arrival of the flame in a way that will not involve ordinary spectators," said Tokihiro Nakamura, governor of Ehime prefecture.
Emergency medical services in the region are"under extreme pressure" as COVID-19 cases rise, Nakamura said. Read more: CNA »
Triad Trails: Former secret society members lead tour on Chinatown’s seedy past
SINGAPORE — Pointing to a row of shophouses along Pagoda Street leading up to Chinatown MRT Station, a heavily-tattooed man tells the group behind him that the shops used to be opium dens in the 19th century.