A person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village, adding to concerns about infections at the Games which begin next week.
- Organisers would not reveal the person’s nationality, citing privacy concerns
- A Nigerian official became the first Olympics visitor to be hospitalised with COVID-19 after testing positive at the airport on Thursday
- Japan’s public has been lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games had tested positive.
He would not reveal the person’s nationality, citing privacy concerns.
A member of the Nigerian Tokyo Olympics delegation became the first Olympics visitor admitted to hospital with COVID-19, after testing positive on Thursday evening at the airport.
The person, a non-athlete in their 60s, had only mild symptoms but was hospitalised because of their age and pre-existing conditions, a local television station reported.
The person’s gender and other details were not disclosed.
Athletes are just starting to arrive for the Games which will run from July 23 to August 8.
Organisers have promised that the Games, which were postponed from last year because of the pandemic, will be “safe and secure”.
The Games are being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules, with officials urging the public to stay home and watch on television.
However, Japan’s public has been lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections and worries that an influx of foreign visitors may help turn the Tokyo Olympics into a super-spreader event, which in turn could put further strain on Japan’s already stretched medical system.
Search for missing athlete
Authorities were on Friday trying to track down a Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from his training camp.
Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, was discovered missing from the Ugandan team’s training site in Izumisano, a city in Osaka in western Japan.
Media reports said he left behind a note saying he wanted to stay and work in Japan, as life in Uganda was difficult.
Uganda’s Olympics Committee said he was attending a training camp but had not qualified to participate in the Games and was therefore due to fly home.
There was no suggestion that he was infected with COVID-19.
Although Japan has escaped the explosive outbreaks of other nations, it has more than 820,000 cases and about 15,000 deaths.
Host city Tokyo had 1,308 new cases on Thursday and another 1,271 on Friday.
The city’s monitoring committee has warned that if the pace of contagion picked up as people move around and new infectious variants spread, the seven-day moving average could nearly double to 2,406 in four weeks. That would approach the highest level yet seen in the pandemic.
Japan’s vaccination campaign has also sparked frustration among the local authorities handling most of it, with just 31 per cent of people having had at least one dose.