A resident of the Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village has tested positive for COVID-19 – the first case reported, local officials said on Saturday.
As reported by The Guardian, the CEO of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, said that the person who is involved in planning the Games, not an athlete, came from abroad.
Officials said the positive test came back on Friday and the person was placed in a 14-day quarantine.
The man lives in the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay, which will eventually house about 11,000 athletes and thousands of other workers during the Games. It was not clear how many people were there as of Saturday.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said this week that athletes in the village had “zero” risk of passing the virus to other people living there.
The case comes just a week before the crisis-hit Tokyo Games begin on July 23, after being postponed for a year due to the pandemic.
The city is in a state of a coronavirus-related emergency amid a surge in COVID-19 infections prompted by the Delta version.
According to records on the sport’s website, since July 1 and as of Saturday, organizers say 44 people in their “jurisdiction” have tested positive for the virus. In none of these cases, people living in the village were involved.
The list includes an unnamed athlete – who tested positive on Wednesday and is undergoing a 14-day quarantine – and three members of the media.
Most are identified as contractors or “sports-related personnel”. Only 12 are listed as “non-residents of Japan”.
Health officials on Thursday reported 1,485 new cases in the city, the highest number of cases recorded in six months.
Spectators have been banned at all events in the capital city under a state of emergency, and polls show a majority of Japanese think the event should be postponed again or a rise in COVID-19 cases. should be cancelled.
post with wires