An unidentified person has tested positive for Covid-19 at the village where Olympic athletes will be housed in Tokyo, a worrying development for organizers who have promised a “safe and secure” experience.
So far, more than 40 people involved in the Games have tested positive, including foreign and domestic attendees. But the outbreak at the athletes village is a first and strikes at the heart of the games. Some 11,000 people are housed at the athletes’ village.
A statement from Tokyo Olympics organizers today said a person tested positive, but did not reveal the nationality or other information, citing privacy laws. The infected person was described as a visitor from abroad involved in organizing the games, and was diagnosequgainst holding the games is high, as the country has only 20 percent of its people vaccinated and is in a “state of emergency” to prevent further spreads.
Already postponed a year by the pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are being held largely without spectators and under strict rules.
Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto addressed concerns at a news conference.
“I understand that there are still many worrying factors. Organizers must try to make sure that people will understand that these games are safe and secure,” she said.