Safety employees stand guard on the entrance of the Athletes Village, the place an individual has examined constructive for COVID-19, forward of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo, Japan July 17, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
July 18, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) -Tokyo Olympics organisers on Sunday reported the primary COVID-19 circumstances amongst rivals residing within the athletes’ village, as its inhabitants swells forward of the beginning of the pandemic-hit Video games subsequent week.
Two athletes from the identical nation and competing in the identical sport staying within the village within the Harumi waterfront district examined constructive for the virus, organisers mentioned with out offering additional particulars.
Organisers on Sunday reported 10 new circumstances related to the Olympics, together with a 3rd athlete who was not staying within the village, down from 15 new circumstances a day earlier.
South Africa additionally reported three constructive circumstances in its soccer squad – two gamers and an analyst. It was not instantly clear if these circumstances have been recognized as a part of the identical testing programme.
An Worldwide Olympic Committee member from South Korea examined constructive for the coronavirus on touchdown in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, reflecting the an infection threat even from vaccinated attendees.
The brand new infections are testing the layered testing regime designed to make sure COVID circumstances are shortly caught and remoted. Proponents argue that the rising variety of circumstances underscores the energy of the testing system.
An infection charges are climbing amongst Tokyo’s basic inhabitants, topping 1,000 new circumstances for 5 consecutive days. Polls present many Japanese oppose holding the Video games with the inflow of abroad guests it entails.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is betting his political fortunes on efficiently pulling off the Video games whereas suppressing rising COVID circumstances.
Public assist for his cupboard has slid to 35.9%, a Kyodo ballot confirmed on Sunday, the bottom since he took energy final September. Simply 29.4% assume the fourth state of emergency, which started final Monday, is efficient, in response to the ballot.
The wet season led to Tokyo on Friday, bringing blue skies and intense warmth. The burden on contributors has been elevated by virus countermeasures like masking.
“Whereas we’ve been coping with COVID issues, we haven’t taken our focus off the warmth,” mentioned David Hughes, chief medical officer on the Australian Olympic Committee.
Officers level to warmth countermeasures together with the distribution of drinks and salt tablets and the usage of misting towers and cooling vests.
The delayed Olympics was supposed to showcase a contemporary, various Japan at a time of rising regional rivalries however the pandemic has left the nation internet hosting a pared down occasion.
Athletes proceed to query the compromises organisers have made, with Maya Yoshida, captain of Japan’s soccer workforce, calling for the choice to carry the Video games behind closed doorways to be reconsidered.
(Reporting by Sam Nussey; Enhancing by Sam Holmes and Kim Coghill)