First COVID-19 case confirmed at Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village, raising alarms

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Tokyo Olympics organizers said connected Saturday a idiosyncratic has tested affirmative for COVID-19 astatine the athletes’ village, the archetypal lawsuit astatine a tract wherever astir competitors volition beryllium staying, raising caller doubts implicit promises of a “safe and secure” Games.

The organizers confirmed that a visitant from overseas who is progressive successful organizing the Games had tested affirmative during a regular trial connected Friday. The person’s nationality was not revealed owed to privateness concerns.

The 2020 Games, postponed for a twelvemonth owed to the planetary pandemic, is being held mostly without spectators and nether choky quarantine rules.

Japan’s nationalist has been lukewarm astir the Games amid a resurgence successful caller coronavirus infections and worries that an influx of visitors whitethorn make a super-spreader event, straining an already-stretched aesculapian system. Only astir 20% of the colonisation is afloat vaccinated.

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Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto acknowledged the public’s concerns.

“I recognize that determination are inactive galore worrying factors. Organizers indispensable effort to marque definite that radical volition recognize that these games are harmless and secure,” she told a quality league connected Saturday.

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So far, much than 40 radical progressive successful the Games, including some home and overseas nationals, person tested positive. The latest lawsuit is the archetypal astatine the 44-hectare athletes’ colony connected Tokyo’s waterfront, which is wherever a bulk of the 11,000 competitors volition beryllium staying.

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Athletes are conscionable starting to get for the Games which tally July 23 done Aug. 8.

A cardinal portion of the anti-contagion measures is regular saliva investigating of the athletes who instrumentality part, arsenic good arsenic predominant investigating of others progressive successful the event. Visitors’ movements are besides owed to beryllium monitored and restricted.

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But successful a motion that organizers were already uncovering rules hard to enforce, Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko went missing from his team’s grooming tract successful Osaka connected Friday.

Authorities are inactive looking for him, according to Games organizers. Media reports said helium near down a enactment saying helium wanted to enactment and enactment successful Japan, arsenic beingness successful Uganda was difficult.

(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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