One person tested positive for Covid-19 in the Tokyo Olympics athlete village, organizers said, adding to concerns about infections at the Games starting next week.
Tokyo 2020 boss Toshiro Muto confirmed on Saturday that a visitor from abroad involved in organizing the Games had tested positive. It did not disclose the person’s nationality, citing privacy concerns.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed one year due to the global pandemic, are mostly held without spectators and under strict quarantine rules.
Athletes are just beginning to arrive for the Games that will take place from July 23 to August 8.
Japan’s public has been lukewarm on the Games amid a resurgence of new coronavirus infections and concerns that an influx of foreign visitors could help turn it into a wide-spread event, which in turn could exert more. pressure on Japan’s already stretched medical system.
Three days ago, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said that a “safe and secure” Tokyo Olympics will be a show of global solidarity during the pandemic, the same day that infections in the host city reached their lowest level. high for almost six months.
Bach is due to visit Fukushima, the scene of a triple nuclear collapse, next week, when the region hosts softball games before the opening ceremony on July 23.
The Games have been plagued by a series of setbacks, including massive budget overruns.
Reuters contributed to this report.