Athlete, Five Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 As Tokyo Olympics Opening Nears


Athlete, Five Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 As Tokyo Olympics Opening Nears 2
The Olympic Rings are pictured in entrance of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 21, 2020, as doubts improve over whether or not Tokyo can safely host the summer time Games amid the unfold of the COVID-19. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP.

 

An athlete in Japan and 5 Olympic employees, largely contractors, have examined optimistic for coronavirus, Tokyo 2020 organisers stated Thursday, simply over every week earlier than the opening ceremony.

The information got here as eight workers at a Japanese resort internet hosting Brazil’s Olympic judo staff examined optimistic, and a workers member from Russia’s rugby sevens staff was hospitalised after a optimistic take a look at.

The circumstances underscore the challenges forward for organisers, though they word that solely a handful of circumstances have been detected thus far amongst greater than 8,000 individuals who have entered Japan since July 1.

Tokyo 2020 stated six folks, together with an athlete, a number of contractors and a Games staffer had examined optimistic for the virus on July 13 and 14.

They gave no additional particulars on the identification of the six folks.

Elsewhere, officers stated eight workers at a Japanese resort internet hosting Brazil’s Olympic judo staff had examined optimistic for coronavirus.

The resort cluster was present in Hamamatsu metropolis, west of Tokyo, throughout virus screenings carried out earlier than round 30 members of Brazil’s judo delegation arrived on Saturday.

None of the contaminated workers got here into contact with the athletes, native well being and sports activities officers stated.

A member of the family of one of many contaminated resort employees additionally examined optimistic, Hamamatsu officers added.

Separately, a workers member with the Russian rugby sevens staff was hospitalised after testing optimistic, an official of their host city Munakata in western Japan informed AFP.

The staff of 16 athletes and 10 workers members landed at a Tokyo airport on July 10, and has had no shut contact with native officers or residents since then, he stated.

The remainder of the staff is now quarantined of their lodging, but when they take a look at destructive on Thursday, they are going to have the ability to resume coaching as early as Friday, the official added.

The information comes with simply over every week till the Games open for occasions largely behind closed doorways, with strict anti-infection measures positioned on athletes, officers and journalists.

Kyodo information company reported Thursday that organisers are contemplating having fewer than 1,000 VIPs and dignitaries on the opening ceremony within the 68,000-seat National Stadium.

Tokyo is presently below a virus state of emergency, with infections surging. The metropolis recorded 1,149 circumstances on Wednesday, the very best determine since January.

-AFP

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