Tokyo 2020: 19 Olympic-linked COVID cases reported on opening ceremony day

Published: July 23,2021 01:13 PM

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Nineteen people, three of them staying at the Tokyo Olympic athletes’ village, have newly tested positive for the coronavirus

July 23, 2021: The COVID-19 cases associated with the Olympic Games breached the 100-mark on Friday with the announcement of 19 new infections, three of them staying at the Tokyo Olympic athletes’ village, the organizing committee of the Games said.

The latest infection number, the highest this month, includes three athletes from abroad who are now undergoing a 14-day period of isolation. The remaining 16 people with Olympic credentials include three contractors and three members of the media, as per Kyodo News.

Of the three Olympians, one was residing in the village, the organizing body said, adding two were from the Czech Republic and the third athlete was from the Netherlands. COVID-19 infections have continued to take a toll among Olympic attendees now in Japan, with 106 total cases recorded since July 1.

The daily tally of the organizing committee has not included athletes and team officials testing positive at pre-games training camps. The first case at the athletes’ village was reported last Saturday. The person was listed as a person affiliated with the Games from overseas.

Athletes identified as having been in close contact with those testing positive can still take part in competition as long as they test negative within six hours of the start of their event. The Olympics will officially open Friday night as Tokyo remains under its fourth state of emergency, which will last until August 22, covering the entire duration of the Games that end on August 8.

Almost all Olympic events, including the opening show in the National Stadium, will be staged without spectators as a precaution against the spread of the virus. (ANI)