Tokyo Games need 500 nurses; nurses say needs are elsewhere

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FILE – This April 12, 2021, file photo shows the Olympic rings floating in the water in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. A protest message saying that nurses were opposed to holding the Olympic went viral on Japanese Twitter recently, being retweeted hundreds of thousands of times. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

TOKYO (AP) — Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games.

They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Olympic officials have said they will need 10,000 medical workers to staff the games.

The request for more nurses comes amid a new spike in the virus with Tokyo and Osaka under a state of emergency.

The appeal for more nurses is typical of impromptu changes coming almost daily as organizers and the International Olympic Committee try to pull off the games in the midst of a pandemic.

The Olympics open on July 23.

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