A Week Before The Opening Ceremony, Coronavirus Turns Up At Tokyo’s Olympic Village
One week before the top global sporting event kicks off, the first person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, as more than 11,000 athletes, plus an estimated 79,000 journalists, officials and staff are slated to gather in Japan during the ongoing pandemic.
So far, 44 people affiliated with the Games have tested positive since the beginning of July, most of them contractors.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto announced at a news conference Saturday that the latest infection was detected during PCR screening conducted a day earlier and the person is now quarantined for 14 days at a hotel.
The identity and nationality were not revealed, but Muto said the infected person comes from overseas.
The individual is listed as “games-concerned personnel” in the running tally of infections organizers are tracking. Athletes are a separate category.
On Friday, a member of the Nigerian delegation became the first visitor to be hospitalized with COVID-19.