A security official is shown in the nearground with a sign listing COVID-19 safety precautions with several people in roadway behind him and one woman carrying the golden Olympic torch.

Japanese Azusa Iwashimizu, a member of Japan women's national football team, carries an Olympic Torch as a guard with a sign for coronavirus precautions during the torch relay grand start outside J-Village National Training Center in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 25, 2021.

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Fans planning to watch the gilded Olympic torch pass by on its route through Japan are being asked to avoid cheering and instead only applaud the runners.

The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics announced in a briefing on Thursday new guidelines for fans in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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