Tokyo: Olympics organisers said on Saturday a person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the athletes village, the first case at a site where most competitors will be staying, raising new doubts over promises of a safe and secure Games.
The organisers confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games had tested positive during a routine test on Friday. The persons nationality was not revealed due to privacy concerns.
The athletes village for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, in Tokyo. Credit:AP
The 2020 Games, postponed for a year due to the global pandemic, is being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules.
Japans public has been lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections and worries that an influx of visitors may create a super-spreader event, straining an already-stretched medical system. Only around 20 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto acknowledged the publics concerns.
I understand that there are still many worrying factors. Organisers must try to make sure that people will understand that these games are safe and secure, she told a news conference on Saturday.
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto speaks during a meeting between Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo, Japan.Credit:AP
So far, more than 40 people involved in the Games, including both domestic and foreign nationals, have tested positive. The latest case is the first at the 44-hectare athletes village on Tokyos waterfront, which is where a majority of the 11,000 competitors will be staying.
Athletes are just starting to arrive for the Games which run July 23 through August 8.

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