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First case of Covid in Tokyo Olympic Village confirmed

  • Published at 10:16 am July 17th, 2021
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The logo of Tokyo 2020 is displayed at the National Stadium, main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo on July 7, 2021 AFP

The person has been removed from the Village and is now confined to a hotel

The Tokyo Olympics has registered its first Covid-19 case in the Olympic Village six days before the Games open, organizers said on Saturday.

"There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test," Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organizing committee, told a press conference.

The person, whom organizers refused to identify, has been removed from the Village where thousands of athletes and officials will reside during the Games.

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"Right now this person is confined to a hotel," Takaya said.

Seiko Hashimoto, the chief organizer of the Tokyo 2020 Games, said: "We are doing everything to prevent any Covid-19 outbreaks. If we end up with an outbreak, we will make sure we have a plan in place to respond."

At an Olympics that have already been postponed by a year because of the pandemic, organizers have put in place stringent measures to avoid coronavirus infections in the Village.