Two Olympians in the Olympic village tested positive for COVID 19

Security staff stand guard at the entrance of the Athletes Village, where two athletes hav tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan July 17, 2021. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

Two Olympic Village competitors have tested positive for COVID-19, making them the first to do so since the Tokyo Games began on Friday.

On Sunday, organizers verified the positive tests, which were both classified as non-Japanese. There were no names or other facts given.

On Sunday, organizers said that another athlete had tested positive, but that this person did not live in the Olympic Village. “Non-Japanese” was also assigned to this athlete.

Since July 1, 55 people connected to the Olympics have reported positive tests, according to organizers. Athletes or anyone who may have arrived for training camps but are not yet within the organizing committee's "jurisdiction" is included in this accounting.

On Tokyo Bay, the Olympic Village will accommodate 11,000 Olympic athletes and tens of thousands of other support personnel.

On Saturday, Tokyo recorded 1,410 new COVID-19 cases, the most in six months. It was the 28th day in a row that the number of cases had increased over the previous seven days.

The Olympics will begin on Friday in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, which have declared a state of emergency. The emergency declaration is in effect until August 22nd. The Olympics will end on August 8th.

All Olympic events in Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures are now closed to fans, both domestic and international. Because there are so few distant locations, a scattering of local fans may be allowed.

Publish : 2021-07-18 10:28:00

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