Alert in Tokyo 2020: the first positive for Covid-19 is confirmed in the Olympic Village

The organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games confirmed this Saturday the first positive in Covid-19 among residents who are in the Olympic village.

He is a non-Japanese citizen, a member of one of the foreign Olympic delegations currently in the facilities, but he is not an athlete, according to data released by the organizers, who do not offer further details for confidentiality reasons.

It is the first positive confirmed among the teams that are in the residential complex located on one of the artificial islands of Tokyo Bay and which has been announced when there are six days left until the opening ceremony of the event, at a time of full resurgence of infections in the area of ​​the Japanese capital.

Olympic rings at the Olympic Village in Tokyo.

The organizers are gathering information on the close contacts of the affected person, said its executive director, Toshiro Muto, when asked this Saturday at a press conference about the security of the Olympic Village.

“We are taking firm measures against the Covid, even within the Villa. In addition, athletes in principle must undergo tests every day and now that there has been a positive, that person will be immediately isolated,” Muto said when summarizing the measures prevention measures adopted by the organization.

The Tokyo 2020 executive director said they will continue to take measures “so that athletes can feel safe at the Village.”

44 positives

So far in July, a total of 44 people linked to the Games, including an athlete, have tested positive for the pathogen, according to figures from the organizers, but it is the first time that an infection has been detected within the complex sportsmen’s residence.

The first positive among foreign athletes detected in Japan was that of a Ugandan Olympic team coach upon his arrival in the country on June 19, which was followed by another positive later from one of the athletes, who are currently staying in the municipality of Izumisano, in the west of the country.

The positive in the Olympic Village could constitute another factor of suspicion among Japanese citizens about the security of the celebration of the Games, and it is known only one day after it was learned that an athlete from the aforementioned African delegation ran away from his hotel with intending to start a new life in Japan.

[Más información: Tokio, al borde del caos a pocos días de los Juegos Olímpicos: máximo de contagios en seis meses]

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