The first confirmed infection among athletes in the Olympic Village has raised concerns about the spread of the virus during the event.
Just days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, two athletes living in the Olympic Village became the first athletes to test positive for COVID-19.
Organizers of the Olympic Games confirmed the test results were positive on Sunday, saying that the two athletes are from the same country but are not Japanese, but did not disclose their names or other details.
The positive test has further raised concerns about the penetration of the virus into the body. strict control Events, especially the Olympic Village, are a bubble for the approximately 11,000 athletes who travel to Japan to participate in competitions that have been postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.
Organizers reported 10 new cases related to the Olympics on Sunday, including the third athlete who was not in the village, which was lower than the 15 new cases a day earlier.
South Africa also reported three positive cases in its football team-two players and an analyst. It is not clear whether these cases have been identified as part of the same test plan.
At the same time, on Saturday, the first member of the International Olympic Committee also tested positive for COVID-19 when entering Tokyo Airport.
The committee identified the member as South Korean player Yoo Seungmin, who won the Olympic gold medal in table tennis at the 2004 Olympics. According to reports, he was detained in isolation without symptoms.
‘A bad sign’
Organizers said that since July 1, 55 people related to the Olympics have reported positive tests. However, the accounting does not include athletes or others who may have arrived at the training camp but have not yet been “governed” by the organizing committee.
With most Japanese public Already opposed Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Japan, said that the recent infections may further disturb citizens during the Olympic Games held during the pandemic.
“This is a bad sign, because thousands of athletes will arrive this week, and more than 50,000 Olympic-related guests will also arrive by then, just like the Delta variant is rotating around the world. The vaccination here Rate is only 20% [of the population],” he told Al Jazeera.
“A lot of things are not known… The big question mark about these Olympics is that about 80% of Japanese people think that moving on is not a good idea,” he said.
Tokyo and the three neighboring counties will enter a state of emergency at the opening of the Olympic Games on Friday. Fans from Japan and abroad are banned from participating in all Olympic events in these regions.
The emergency order will continue until August 22. The competition will end on August 8.
Tokyo recorded 1,410 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest in six months. This is the 28th consecutive day that the number of cases is higher than the previous 7 days.