Japan's "Dr. Fauci" damps Olympic mood with call to ban fans

Omi has said the greatest danger lay not within the athletes’ bubble, but among the fans who would travel to Tokyo, creating more opportunities for the virus to spread. Organizers announced in March that overseas spectators wouldn’t be allowed.

The government is backing a 10,000-person limit on public events, which could be applied to the Olympics. A decision on spectators was expected later this month, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said Wednesday.

Domestic media have reported that some spectators are likely to be allowed at venues, although the decision may not be made public until after the state of emergency in Tokyo ends.

Organizers for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plan to stop selling tickets to the events, Kyodo News reported Thursday, citing an unnamed official with knowledge of the move.