Rising coronavirus death toll raises concern for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
By Guardian Exclusive
11 February 2020 | 4:43 pm
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have said the games will go as planned despite the rift rumours that this year’s 2020 Games might be canceled or postponed because of the spread of the coronavirus.
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