Tokyo Olympics: As Japan battles rising local Covid-19 infections, a Nigerian Olympic delegate became the first visitor to be admitted to the hospital with Covid-19, according to broadcaster TV Asahi.
The Nigerian Olympic delegate who tested positive on Thursday evening is a non-athlete in their 60s. The individual had mild symptoms at the airport and was hospitalized because of age and pre-existing conditions, the broadcaster said, without giving details.
Organizers have promised that the Games, starting on 23 July after being postponed from last year because of the pandemic, will be “safe and secure“.
Tokyo is under a state of emergency for the duration of the event, and organizers have forced severe testing and limits on delegates’ activities to try to ease the concern of the Japanese public, many of whom wanted the Games canceled or postponed again.
Tokyo Olympics: IOC Prez Thomas Bach’s big statement, says, ‘Zero risk of COVID-19 spreading from participants’
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday there was “zero” risk of Games participants infecting Japanese residents with Covid-19, as cases hit a six-month high in the host city.
“Risk for the other residents of Olympic village and risk for the Japanese people is zero,” Bach said, adding that Olympics athletes and delegations have undergone more than 8,000 coronavirus tests, resulting in three positive cases.
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Those cases have been placed in isolation and their close contacts are also under quarantine protocols, Bach said at the beginning of talks with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto.
Just over a week before the July 23 opening ceremony, Tokyo reported 1,308 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, its highest daily tally since late January.
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