2021 Olympics verify first COVID-19 optimistic in Tokyo Olympic Village

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

In accordance with occasion organizers, the unidentified village resident — labeled “Video games-related personnel” — is at the moment below 14-day quarantine at a resort after testing optimistic on Friday. The individual, listed as a non-resident of Japan, is one among 44 folks associated to the 2021 Video games to have produced a optimistic check end result by means of Saturday, July 17.

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

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It is unsure whether or not the individual was absolutely vaccinated, and Olympic organizers have declined to establish them, citing privateness considerations. That stated, Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympic Committee, stated organizers “are sparing no efforts” to maintain the Olympic Village protected.

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 should run by means of Aug. 22, that means the 2021 Video games — which run from July 23 by means of Aug. 8 — won’t embrace fan attendance.

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

Athletes don’t should be vaccinated to carry out within the 2021 Video games, although they’ll bear each day COVID-19 checks all through the Olympics.

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