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Tokyo Olympics finds first Covid case at athletes’ village

Less than a week before the opening ceremony.
Image: Kiyoshi Ota, Bloomberg

The Tokyo Olympics has registered its first coronavirus case at the athletes’ village, less than a week before the opening ceremony.

A foreign personnel member tested positive for Covid-19 and is in quarantine, a document from organizers showed on Saturday. The person isn’t an athlete.

So far there have been 45 positive cases tied to the Tokyo Games, but this is the first to come from within the Olympic Village. The infections underscore the challenge for organizers who have pledged to provide a safe Olympics during the pandemic.

International Olympics Committee President Thomas Bach said this week that very strict anti-Covid measures in “Playbooks” for athletes and officials “are enforced and they are working.”

The games, which start July 23, will be the first to be held without spectators. Tokyo is grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases which prompted the government to declare a fourth state of emergency in the capital earlier this month.

© 2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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Japan should have cancelled the games.

lol…an african brought it to japan.

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