As pressure increases on Japan’s Prime Minister, the first competitors contract COVID-19.
The confirmation of the first COVID-19 infections among competitors based in the athletes’ village, before to the pandemic-hit Games next week, has handed another blow to the Tokyo Olympics organizers.
Organizers said two athletes from the same country competing in the same sport who were staying in the village in the Harumi waterfront region had tested positive for the virus. Organisers recorded 10 new cases related to the Olympics today, down from 15 the day before, including a third athlete who did not stay in the village.
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Three positive instances were also recorded in South Africa’s soccer team, including two players and an analyst.
It was unclear whether those cases were discovered as part of the same testing operation.
On arrival in Tokyo, a member of the International Olympic Committee from South Korea tested positive for the coronavirus.
Former Olympic athlete Ryu Seung-min gets double-jabbed, emphasizing the risk of infection even among vaccinated participants.
On Friday, broadcaster TV Asahi reported that a Nigerian delegate to the Olympics had become the first tourist to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
The new infections are putting the multilayer testing system designed to catch and isolate Covid cases to the test. Proponents say that the growing number of cases demonstrates the testing system’s effectiveness.
Infection rates are rising among Tokyo’s general population, with the number of new cases exceeding 1,000 for the fifth day in a row.
According to polls, many Japanese citizens reject the Games because of the surge of foreign visitors they will bring.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is under fire, is betting that the Games will go off without a hitch while Covid cases continue to rise.
Mr. Suga has stated that Japan will take extensive measures to improve border restrictions to combat the coronavirus.
According to a Kyodo survey released on Sunday, public support for his government has dropped to 35.9%, the lowest level since he took over as Prime Minister from Shinzo Abe in September.
According to the poll, only 29.4 percent believe the fourth state of emergency, which went into force last Monday, is effective.
On Friday, Tokyo’s rainy season ended, bringing clear sky and scorching heat, posing yet another challenge for organizers.
The load on the participants has increased. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”