Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted the Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Tokyo in July will still go ahead.
The announcement comes as other sporting events across the world either cancel or plan to take place spectator free.
“We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem as planned,” Abe said.
But he also conceded that the decision was ultimately not theirs to make, with the final say coming down to the International Olympic Committee on whether the Games go ahead.
Japan recorded 21 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, bringing the total infections to 1443, which include 697 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 14 returnees on chartered flights from China.