Robertson’s Reportings: Tokyo Olympics, Drop in COVID Cases

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori resigned his job as head of the Tokyo Olympics after he made sexist comments, claiming that women talk too much. He stated that women’s speaking time at meetings should be limited, otherwise they would “never be able to finish.” After he apologized, there was still backlash to him remaining as the organizing chief, so he resigned and was replaced by former Olympic athlete Seiko Hashimoto. She appeared in seven total Olympics, which is the second greatest number of appearances of a Japanese athlete with the exception of Noriaki Kasai. Hashimoto was a speed skater and track cyclist, and appeared in the Olympics during the 80s and 90s. Now, she has taken over Mori’s position in organizing the 2021 Olympics. 

Amid the pandemic, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department designed a “Parks Passport” program to encourage residents to explore the city. There are 20 different areas for Greensboro residents to explore, and residents must record the words on the Parks and Passport signs at the different locations. The words from each sign will come together to make a phrase. A passport can be found online or can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation headquarters. Everyone who completes the passport by December 31 will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a prize package worth approximately $200. 

North Carolina COVID-19 cases have dropped over the past month to levels that have not been seen since November. Instead of the seven day average of over 8,000 reported cases from early January, the average of cases for the week is down to just over 3,000. This same trend has been seen in the United States as a whole and throughout the rest of the globe. The provided images show these trends. In the United States, 4.7% of the population has received both doses of the vaccine while 12.1% has received at least one. 1.61 million doses per day were administered in the last week. 

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