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Reuters reports that all of us who are looking forward to the rescheduled Summer Olympics next year had better not hold our breath.

In interviews with a dozen infectious diseases experts, a common theme emerged: The Olympics would increase the risk of an outbreak.

“Infection will flare up if we push ahead with the Olympics and hold them. There is no doubt about it,” said Daiichi Morii, a doctor at Osaka University Hospital’s infection control team.

“The virus is barely under control as we are putting a halt on the inflow of people from overseas,” Morii added. “With events like the Olympics, the virus will come in for sure and the number of infections will shoot up inevitably.”