A resident in Tokyo’s Olympic athletes village has tested positive for COVID-19 – the first case found there, local officials said on Saturday.
Toshiro Muto, Executive Director of the organizing committee, said the person was a tourist from abroad involved in the planning of the Olympics, and not an athlete. The Guardian reports Guardian.
Officials said the positive test result came back on Friday and the person has been quarantined for 14 days.
This person lives in the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay, which will eventually be home to about 11,000 Olympic athletes and thousands of other staff. It is unclear how many people were there on Saturday.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said this week the risk of athletes in the village spreading the virus to others living there was “zero”.
The lawsuit happened just a week before Games Tokyo Besieged kicked off on July 23, after being pushed away for a year because of the pandemic.
The city is in a state of emergency related to the coronavirus amid increase in cases of COVID-19 driven by the Delta variant.
As of July 1 and as of Saturday, organizers said 44 people in their “jurisdiction” had tested positive for the virus, according to profile on the game’s website. None of those cases involved people living in the village.
The list includes an unnamed athlete – who tested positive on Wednesday and is undergoing a 14-day quarantine – and three members of the media.
Most were identified as contractors or “game-related employees.” Only 12 people are listed as “non-residents in Japan.”
Health officials recorded 1,485 new cases in the city on Thursday, the highest number recorded in six months.
Spectators are banned from all events in the capital during the state of emergency and polls shows the majority of Japanese people suggested that the event should be postponed or canceled due to increasing COVID-19 cases.
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