He is a foreign official, whose nationality has not been disclosed for privacy reasons, the first person who tested positive for Covid-19 inside the Olympic Village of the Tokyo Games that will begin next Friday.
The news of the first case of coronavirus in the area that organizers and the International Olympic Committee had promised to be “the safest place” in Tokyo was the CEO of Tokyo 2020, Toshiro Muto during a press conference. The person, now in quarantine for 14 days, was found positive at screening in the main village of Harumi, near the media press center (MPC) and many Olympic sites in the Japanese capital.
The previous check at the airport upon arrival in Japan had not revealed the presence of the virus. The organizers say that since July 1 and up to now, 44 people under their “jurisdiction” have tested positive and no cases have involved people living in the Village. Of the 44, only 12 are classified as “non-Japanese residents”.
“We are making sure we do everything possible to ensure that there is no outbreak of Covid-19,” Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said. “We are sparing no effort, we are doing everything possible to prevent any outbreaks. should there be an outbreak, we will make sure we have a plan to deal with it. ” Tokyo yesterday recorded 1,271 new cases of coronavirus, the third consecutive day in which the total number of infections exceeded 1,000.
But for now there are a total of 15 infections from Covid found in Tokyo among people linked in various ways to the Games. The other infected people are 7 contract workers, six employees of the local organizing committee and two media representatives. Of the positives, 8 arrived in Tokyo from abroad less than two weeks ago, 7 reside in Japan. It is unclear whether these people had access to the Olympic Village.