The exceptional measures were not enough to prevent the virus. One week before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the organizers announced on Saturday July 17 a first identified case of Covid-19 in the Olympic village. However, they wanted to be reassuring about the effectiveness of the drastic measures used to curb any transmission of the virus.
“There is a person in the village. This is the very first case recorded in the village, and which was detected on arrival ”, said Takaya Masa, spokesperson for the Organizing Committee (TOCOG), during a press conference. He did not specify whether it is an athlete or a member of the management, or from which delegation the person comes.
According to the Japanese press, it would be a foreign person, without further clarification there either.
Strict health measures
The Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for July 23 to August 8, have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, and strict health measures have been put in place in Japan so that the planetary meeting can be held.
“This person has tested positive at the Village screening, we do not know if he is vaccinated or not”Tokyo-2020 general manager Toshiro Muto said.
“In the village, there will be severe anti-Covid measures: athletes will be tested every day, and if an athlete tests positive, he will be isolated”, he explained, wanting to be reassuring.
“We are confident that every effort will be made to ensure security at the Olympic Village. What is important is to react immediately and to ensure that all athletes are protected and safe ”, he added.At the Tokyo Olympics, foreign journalists will be slammed by GPS
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With less than a week before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, the Japanese capital does not have the heart to celebrate this countdown, as local cases of Covid-19 continue to climb and that the state of health emergency was put in place last Monday and until August 22.
Almost all of the Olympic events will take place behind closed doors and the tens of thousands of participants – from athletes to officials, including journalists from abroad – are subject to drastic restrictions due to health risks.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent any further development of Covid-19. If we eventually find that there is contamination, we have a plan to respond ”, for his part assured Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee.
“Athletes who come to Japan are probably very worried. This is the reason why we must be completely transparent ”, she promised.
“We must prepare carefully and make sure that we all follow the procedures”, she added.
These “Countermeasures” are not enough to reassure the population in Japan, as Tokyo has recorded nearly 1,300 additional cases of coronavirus daily in recent days.
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The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, however assured Thursday that the anti-Covid measures at the Olympics were working, and that the delegations followed and supported these rules.
“It is in their interest and in solidarity with the inhabitants of Tokyo”, underlined Thomas Bach after going to the Olympic Village.
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