By AP with Euronews • Updated: 17/07/2021 - 10:22
National banners bent from balconies astatine an athlete's colony arsenic Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 17, 2021. - Copyright Charlie Riedel/AP
The archetypal nonmigratory of the Olympic Village has tested affirmative for COVID-19, Tokyo Olympic organisers said connected Saturday, little than a week earlier kick-off.
Officials said it was not an jock with the Games opening and the affirmative trial was connected Friday.
“In the existent situation, that affirmative cases originate is thing we indispensable presume is possible,” said Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo organising committee.
The idiosyncratic is identified simply arsenic a “games-concerned personnel.” The idiosyncratic is besides listed arsenic a non-resident of Japan. Tokyo officials said the idiosyncratic was placed successful a 14-day quarantine.
The Olympic Village connected Tokyo Bay volition location astir 11,000 athletes during the Olympics and thousands of different staff.
IOC President Thomas Bach said this week determination was “zero” hazard of athletes successful the colony passing connected the microorganism to Japanese oregon different residents of the village.
Organisers accidental since July 1 and arsenic of Saturday, 44 radical nether their “jurisdiction” person tested positive. None progressive radical surviving successful the colony and astir are identified arsenic “contractors” for Tokyo 2020 and “games-concerned personnel." The database includes 1 jock — who tested affirmative connected July 14 — and 3 members of the media.
Of the 44, lone 12 are listed arsenic “non-resident of Japan.”
Organisers accidental that athletes and unit who person been distant from Tokyo astatine grooming camps are excluded from this database and their accounting.
Tokyo officials said they could not springiness an estimation of the fig of radical successful the colony arsenic of Saturday.
New COVID-19 cases connected Friday successful Tokyo were reported astatine 1,271. They were 822 a week ago, and it marks the 27th consecutive time that cases were higher than a week previous. New cases connected Thursday were reported astatine 1,308, which was the highest successful six months.