The Tokyo Olympics organisers has registered its first COVID-19 case in the Olympic Village organisers said on 17 july, 6 days before the Games opening ceremoney.
The person , whom organisers reject to identify,has been removed from the village where many thousands of athletes and officials will reside during the games.
Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, told a press conference“There was one person in the Village. That was the first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test,”.
The person, whom organisers refused to identify, has been removed from the Village where thousands of athletes and officials will reside during the Games.
Takaya said, “Right now this person is confined to a hotel” .
The chief organiser of the Tokyo 2020 Games,Seiko Hashimoto said; “We are doing everything to proect any COVID outbreaks. If we end up with an outbreak we will make sure we have a plan in place to respond.”
At an Olympics that have already been postponed by a year because of the COVID 19, organisers have put in place stringent measures to avoid coronavirus infections in the village.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said it was not known if the person had been vaccinated against Covid-19.”We don’t have any information on whether this person was vaccinated or not,” Muto said.
He said competitors at the Games would be tested every day “so if someone tests positive, that person will be isolated immediately whether there are any close contacts or not”.