Coronavirus Hits Olympic Village For First Time

Coronavirus Hits Olympic Village For First Time 2
A girl stands in entrance of the Olympic Rings at nightfall in Yokohama on July 2, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)



The chief of the Tokyo Olympics tried to reassure “worried” athletes on Saturday because the Games Village was hit by its first coronavirus case, six days earlier than the pandemic-delayed occasion opens.

As 1000’s of opponents pour into Japan for the Games, which is able to largely happen with out spectators, the constructive check for an unnamed particular person within the Village heightened worries over biosecurity.

About 11,000 athletes and tens of 1000’s of officers and media are flying in for the Games, which open on Friday within the face of widespread public concern over a attainable surge in infections.

The capital stays underneath a coronavirus state of emergency and has in current days recorded its highest case numbers since January.

No particulars got in regards to the constructive check within the Village, one in all 15 Games-related instances revealed on Saturday — the very best determine this month. Japanese media stated the contaminated particular person got here from overseas.

“That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, advised a press convention.

“Right now this person is confined to a hotel,” Takaya stated.

Games chief Seiko Hashimoto stated she understood the issues of athletes, who need to take care of coronavirus fears and a strict schedule of testing in addition to the strain of competing.

“Athletes who are coming to Japan are probably very worried. I understand that,” she stated. “That is the reason why we need to make full disclosure.”

– ‘Important to bring excitement’ –
The Olympics had been postponed for a yr in March final yr as Covid-19 unfold world wide.

Several athletes have expressed concern over situations on the rearranged Games, that are marked by ubiquitous temperature checks, hand sanitiser and each day testing.

Australian basketball participant Liz Cambage withdrew, fearing for her psychological well being within the “terrifying” biosecure bubble, and British weightlifter Sarah Davies stated: “Genuinely, feels like we’re in prison.”

Organisers pledged full transparency about instances within the Village, and urged individuals collaborating within the Games to stay by the anti-coronavirus guidelines.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto stated opponents could be examined daily “so if someone tests positive, that person will be isolated immediately whether there are any close contacts or not”.

Hashimoto added: “We are doing everything to prevent any Covid outbreaks. If we end up with an outbreak we will make sure we have a plan in place to respond.”

The Japanese public has been persistently sceptical in regards to the Games with opinion polls displaying excessive ranges of opposition.

About 30 demonstrators chanting “Stop the Olympics” and “Protect lives before Olympics” had been blocked by police as they tried to submit protest letters to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach as he attended talks at a luxurious lodge.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated he hoped the Olympics would convey pleasure “even without spectators”, regardless of components of Japan dwelling underneath a state of emergency.

“Even without spectators, I think it is important to bring excitement… to people in Japan and the world,” he stated on Nippon TV.

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