First resident of the COVID-positive Olympic Village test

According to the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, the first residents of the Olympic Village on the waterfront tested positive for COVID-19.

According to people familiar with the matter, he was not an athlete who started the tournament in less than a week on July 23. The tournament will be held until August 8.

Tokyo officials, including Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Organizing Committee, confirmed the case and said the positive test was on Friday. The organizers state that they can only provide vague explanations and some details for confidentiality purposes.

Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, said:

The person is simply identified as a “game enthusiast.” The person is also listed as a non-resident of Japan. Tokyo officials said the person had been quarantined for 14 days.

The Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay will accommodate a majority of 11,000 athletes and thousands of staff during the Olympic Games.

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A national flag hangs from the balcony of an athlete’s village while Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics on July 17, 2021. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

IOC President Thomas Bach said this week that village athletes have a “zero” risk of transmitting the virus to Japanese and other residents of the village.

According to the organizers, as of Saturday, July 1st, 44 people under “jurisdiction” have been positive. The villagers are not involved and most are identified as “contractors” and “game players” in Tokyo 2020. This list includes one athlete and three media members who tested positive on July 14th.

Of the 44 people, 12 are listed as “not resident in Japan”.

According to the organizers, athletes and staff who have left Tokyo for training camps are excluded from this list and their accounts.

Tokyo officials said they could not estimate the number of villagers as of Saturday.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo on Friday was reported to be 1,271. One week ago, there were 822 cases, and the number of cases was higher than one week ago for 27 consecutive days. A new case on Thursday was reported at 1,308, the highest in 6 months.

The 2020 Games have been postponed for a year due to a pandemic and are most often held without spectators and under strict quarantine rules.

Stephen Wade

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