Tokyo Olympics: First COVID-19 case found in athletes' village

A person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics athletes' village, organisers have said on Saturday, adding to concerns about infections at the Games, which begin next week.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto confirms that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games had tested positive. He would not reveal the person's nationality, citing privacy concerns.

The affected official has been placed into a 14-day quarantine.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for a year due to the global pandemic, is being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules.

Organisers have confirmed there had been 14 more confirmed new infections in Japan linked to the Games since July 1.

It brings the total number in that period to 44, with less than a week to go before the opening ceremony on July 23.

Teams from several other nations have been forced into isolation due to COVID-19 issues, raising concerns over the impact of the virus on athletes who are set to compete at the Games.

Athletes are just starting to arrive for the Games, which run from July 23 through August 8.

Japan's public has been lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections and worries that an influx of foreign visitors may help turn the Tokyo Olympics into a super-spreader event, which in turn could put further strain on Japan's already stretched medical system. 


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