2021 Olympics confirm first COVID-19 positive in Tokyo Olympic Village


The Tokyo Olympic Committee on Saturday introduced somebody inside the Olympic Village has examined constructive for COVID-19 — the primary such end result within the Olympic athletes’ dwelling quarters.

In response to occasion organizers, the unidentified village resident — labeled “Video games-related personnel” — is at present below 14-day quarantine at a lodge after testing constructive on Friday. The particular person, listed as a non-resident of Japan, is one in every of 44 folks associated to the 2021 Video games to have produced a constructive take a look at end result by Saturday, July 17.

The unidentified resident’s constructive end result occurred per week earlier than the Olympic opening ceremony, on Friday.

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It is unsure whether or not the particular person was totally vaccinated, and Olympic organizers have declined to determine them, citing privateness issues. That stated, Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympic Committee, stated organizers “are sparing no efforts” to maintain the Olympic Village secure.

Athletes, coaches and different personnel from greater than 200 nations are arriving in Tokyo upfront of the Olympic opening ceremony this week. Their arrivals additionally coincide with the rising prevalence of the coronavirus Delta variant which, coupled with rising coronavirus numbers in Japan, prompted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to declare a state of emergency within the Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures within the Kanto area on July 8. It’ll run by Aug. 22, that means the 2021 Video games — which run from July 23 by Aug. 8 — won’t embrace fan attendance.

“It’s regrettable that we’re delivering the Video games in a really restricted format, dealing with the unfold of coronavirus infections,” Hashimoto stated in response to Suga’s mandate.

Athletes don’t have to be vaccinated to carry out within the 2021 Video games, although they’ll bear day by day COVID-19 checks at some stage in the Olympics.


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