A total of 58 people in Japan, at the Tokyo Olympics, have already tested positive for the coronavirus, and an unnamed U.S. gymnast joined the South African footballers and tested positive just five days before the Games.
Inzai City spokesman Takamitsu Oura told CNN about the gymnast’s test results Monday morning, adding that the teen is in Inzai City in Chiba Prefecture, Japan as she takes part in a prep camp ahead of the Tokyo Games on Friday.
The young woman tested positive for the virus on Sunday and confirmed the result on Monday. CNN reports that she is not currently experiencing any symptoms, but she has nonetheless been quarantined in a hotel room where she awaits further instructions.
Another gymnast was reportedly identified as having had close contact with a young woman who tested positive.
Officials said on Sunday that two athletes who are due to take part in the Summer Olympics have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Olympic Village after their teammate was also infected, raising fears of the virus gathering several days in advance. before the opening ceremony.
Two South African footballers were infected and became the first athletes in the Olympic Village to test positive, along with an official from South Africa.
Infections were identified as competitors from around the world continued to fly to the Olympics postponed by the pandemic. They face serious resistance in Japan due to the risks associated with COVID.
Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said all three cases “originated from the same country.” They are “isolated in their rooms and Tokyo 2020 delivers food to them,” he said, adding that the rest of the team has also been tested. This command has not been identified.
The Olympic Village, a complex of apartments and dining areas in Tokyo, will house 6,700 athletes and officials at their peak when the postponed 2020 Games finally begin. Olympic officials are working hard to mitigate the health risks associated with the Games, which are held in a rigorous anti-coronavirus environment where athletes are tested every single day.
“Contacts between guests from different countries are as limited as possible. We are keeping risk to an absolute minimum, ”Olympic CEO Christophe Dubi said Sunday. “We can guarantee that the transfer of data between different groups is practically impossible.”
In addition, six athletes and two members of the UK track and field team were forced to self-isolate after coming into close contact with a member of the public who had Covid-19 on his way to Tokyo.
The news was confirmed by GB Mission Chef Mark England, who said the participants were not to blame for being in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid after their flight landed in Tokyo on July 16. …
“This is disappointing news for athletes and staff, but we absolutely respect existing protocols,” England said. “We will give them our full support during this period and hope that they will be able to resume training again soon.”
Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators due to Covid
Japanese Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said earlier in July that the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics agreed to hold the event without spectators, amid a state of emergency related to the Covid-19 coronavirus. It has already been decided that the Games will not welcome international fans.
“Given the impact of the coronavirus variants and the need to prevent infections from re-spreading to the rest of the country, we need to strengthen our countermeasures,” said Suga. “Given the situation, we will impose a state of emergency for Tokyo.”
The state of emergency will end after the events of 23 July-8 August. Medical experts in Japan welcomed the decision to host the Tokyo Olympics without spectators, in line with coronavirus restrictions, but warned that the ban would not completely eliminate risk re-growth in the number of cases of Covid-19.