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The looming threat of a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections has put plans for allowing spectators at the Tokyo Olympics in doubt, as the ultimate choice on how many — if any — will be able to watch the events has moved into the political arena.

With signs emerging of a new wave of infections in the capital and surrounding prefectures, competing narratives are emerging about the safety of allowing fans at Olympic venues as organizers seek to prevent the games from becoming a superspreader event.

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