Tokyo Olympics: Covid case found at athletes’ village, raising infection fears

A person has tested positive for Covid-19 at the Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village, organisers said, adding to concerns about infections at the Games which begin next week.

Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto confirmed on Saturday that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games had tested positive. He would not reveal the person’s nationality, citing privacy concerns.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for a year due to the global pandemic, is being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Athletes are just starting to arrive for the Games which runs 23 July through 8 August.

Japan’s public has been lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections and worries that an influx of foreign visitors may help turn it into a super-spreader event, which in turn could put further strain on Japan’s already stretched medical system.

Three days ago, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said a “safe and secure” Tokyo Olympics will be a show of global solidarity during the pandemic – on the same day as infections in the host city reached their highest level for almost six months.

Bach is due to visit Fukushima – the scene of a triple nuclear meltdown – next week, when the region hosts softball matches before the opening ceremony on 23 July.

The Games has been plagued by a series of setbacks, including massive budget overruns.

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