First COVID-19 Case In Tokyo Olympic Village: Organisers

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The Tokyo Olympics has registered its first Covid-19 case in the Olympic Village.© AFP


The Tokyo Olympics has registered its first Covid-19 case in the Olympic Village six days before the Games open, organisers said on Saturday. “There used to be one person in the Village. That used to be the first actual case in the Village that used to be reported all the way through the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, told a press convention. The person, whom organisers refused to identify, has been removed from the Village where thousands of athletes and officials will reside all the way through the Games.

“Presently this person is confined to a hotel,” Takaya said.

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Seiko Hashimoto, the chief organiser of the Tokyo 2020 Games, said: “We are doing everything to prevent any Covid outbreaks. Whether we end up with an outbreak we will be able to make certain we have a plan in place to reply.”

At an Olympics that have already been postponed by a year on account of the pandemic, organisers have put in place stringent measures to steer clear of coronavirus infections in the Village.

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