First COVID-19 case confirmed at Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village, elevating alarms – Nationwide | Globalnews.ca

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First COVID-19 case confirmed at Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village, raising alarms - National | Globalnews.ca

2021-07-17 11:15:54

Tokyo Olympics organizers mentioned on Saturday an individual has examined constructive for COVID-19 on the athletes’ village, the primary case at a web site the place most opponents shall be staying, elevating new doubts over guarantees of a “secure and safe” Video games.

The organizers confirmed {that a} customer from overseas who’s concerned in organizing the Video games had examined constructive throughout a routine check on Friday. The individual’s nationality was not revealed as a consequence of privateness considerations.

The 2020 Video games, postponed for a 12 months as a result of world pandemic, is being held principally with out spectators and below tight quarantine guidelines.

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Japan’s public has been lukewarm in regards to the Video games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections and worries that an inflow of holiday makers might create a super-spreader occasion, straining an already-stretched medical system. Solely round 20% of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated.

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Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto acknowledged the general public’s considerations.

“I perceive that there are nonetheless many worrying components. Organizers should attempt to guarantee that individuals will perceive that these video games are secure and safe,” she informed a information convention on Saturday.

Up to now, greater than 40 individuals concerned within the Video games, together with each home and international nationals, have examined constructive. The most recent case is the primary on the 44-hectare athletes’ village on Tokyo’s waterfront, which is the place a majority of the 11,000 opponents shall be staying.


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Athletes are simply beginning to arrive for the Video games which run July 23 by Aug. 8.

A key a part of the anti-contagion measures is every day saliva testing of the athletes who participate, in addition to frequent testing of others concerned within the occasion. Guests’ actions are additionally as a consequence of be monitored and restricted.

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However in an indication that organizers had been already discovering guidelines troublesome to implement, Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko went lacking from his group’s coaching web site in Osaka on Friday.

Authorities are nonetheless searching for him, based on Video games organizers. Media studies mentioned he left behind a word saying he needed to remain and work in Japan, as life in Uganda was troublesome.

(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Modifying by Muralikumar Anantharaman)





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