The coronavirus outbreak could impact Japan's preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer, a senior organizer has warned.
"I am extremely worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the Games," said Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
"I hope that it will be stamped out as soon as possible."
Spike in cases: At least 45 cases have been reported in Japan, including 20 people on board a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama Bay. It's the highest number of cases in a country outside of mainland China.
Olympic jitters: The Olympics open in less than six months, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated Monday that the Games would proceed as planned.
"Countermeasures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of our plans to host a safe and secure Games," Olympic organizers told CNN in a statement on Monday, which they reaffirmed Thursday.