Tokyo 2020 organisers have confirmed Monday that an athlete and five Olympic workers have tested positive for coronavirus, just over a week before the opening ceremony.
This came as eight staff at a Japanese hotel hosting Brazil’s Olympic judo team tested positive, and a staff member from Russia’s rugby sevens team was hospitalised after a positive test.
Tokyo 2020 said six people, including an athlete, several contractors and a Games staffer had tested positive for the virus on July 13 and 14.
A fourth wave of the coronavirus appears to be reaching a peak just as Tokyo begins to welcome athletes from around the globe for the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23.
Elsewhere, officials said eight staff at a Japanese hotel hosting Brazil’s Olympic judo team had tested positive for coronavirus.
None of the infected staff came into contact with the athletes, local health and sports officials said.
The team of 16 athletes and 10 staff members landed at a Tokyo airport on July 10, and has had no close contact with local officials or residents since then, TOS News has learnt.
Tokyo is currently under a virus state of emergency, with infections surging. The city recorded 1,149 cases on Wednesday, the highest figure since January.