TOKYO (AP). The first inhabitant of the Olympic Village has tested positive for COVID-19, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games said on Saturday.
Officials said he was not an athlete, and the Games opened less than a week later on July 23rd. Tokyo officials including Seiko Hashimoto, the organizing committee president, confirmed the case and said the test was positive on Friday. The organizers say that for privacy reasons, they can only offer a vague description and a few details.
“In the current situation, we have to assume that such positive cases are possible,” said Toshiro Muto, general director of the Tokyo organizing committee.
The person is identified simply as “play staff.” This person is also listed as a non-resident of Japan. Tokyo officials said the man was quarantined for 14 days.
The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will house about 11,000 athletes during the Olympic Games and thousands of other staff.
IOC President Thomas Bach said this week that there is a “zero” risk of transmission of the virus by athletes in the village to the Japanese or other villagers.
The organizers say that 44 people under their “jurisdiction” have tested positive since July 1 and as of Saturday. None of the people living in the village participated, and most of them were identified as “contractors” for Tokyo 2020 and “personnel associated with the games.” The list included one athlete who tested positive on 14 July and three members of the media.
Of the 44, only 12 are listed as “non-residents of Japan.”
The organizers state that athletes and personnel who were outside of Tokyo at the training camp are excluded from this list and their registration.
Tokyo officials said they could not estimate the number of people in the village as of Saturday.
There were 1,271 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Tokyo on Friday. A week ago, there were 822, and this is the 27th consecutive day that the number of cases is higher than the previous week. New infections on Thursday were recorded at 1.308, the highest in six months.
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