COVID-19 has been detected in an athlete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Village. The Guardian writes about it.
On the day the Games began, officials said that nine more new cases had been discovered among people working at the Games outside the village and that the athlete, whose identity has not been disclosed, had been transferred to an isolation unit.
In Tokyo, where a state of emergency is in effect, there were a total of 4,220 new cases of infection and nine deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday.
There have been several positive cases among Paralympic athletes registered overseas and at training camps in Japan before the Games, but this case is the first to be found in the village.
Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, confirmed that the athlete will now go into a 14-day quarantine.
“From July 1 to August 22, nearly 767,000 tests were conducted and the number of positive results was 236, which means that the positivity rate remains 0.03%. As for the latest number of daily confirmed cases, there were five cases among Japanese residents and another five cases among non-residents of Japan,” he said.
Last week, ParalympicsGB reported testing positive for COVID-19 among swim team members at a preparatory camp in Suzuka, with two athletes subsequently isolated. It was also confirmed that men’s wheelchair basketball team coach Haj Bhatia also tested positive for COVID-19 in Great Britain and will not go to the Games.