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Tokyo Olympics: Covid case found at athletes’ village, Japan confirm a visitor from abroad, involved in organising Games, tested positive

Tokyo Olympics: Covid case found at athletes’ village, raising infection fears

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Organisers in Japan confirm that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games has tested positive

The man was diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Olympic city of Tokyo, organizers said, adding that he was worried about infection at the Games, which start next week.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto confirmed on Saturday that an international guest involved in organizing the games had been tested. He would not disclose the person's nationality, citing private concerns.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for a year due to the global epidemic, were held mainly outside the audience and under strict segregation laws.

Athletes first arrive at the Games which run from July 23 to August 8th.

The Japanese public is lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence of new coronavirus infections and the concern that the influx of foreign visitors could help turn it into a more widespread event, which could also put further strain on the extended Japanese medical system.

Three days ago, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, announced that the “safe and secure” Olympics of Tokyo would be a spectacle of international unity during the epidemic - the same day the city's infection reached its peak in about six months.

Bach is expected to visit Fukushima - a three-point nuclear power plant - next week, where the region will be hosting softball games ahead of the opening ceremony on July 23.

The Games are plagued by a series of issues, including major overspending.


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