The first resident of the Olympic Village has tested positive for COVID-19, Tokyo Olympic organizers said on Saturday. Officials said it was not an athlete with the Games opening in just under a week on July 23. Tokyo officials including Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, confirmed the case and said the positive test was Friday. Organizers say for confidentiality purposes they can only offer a vague description and few details.
This comes six days before the games open. “There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, said during a press conference. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, deferred for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being held under unprecedented conditions and tight quarantine rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A member of the Nigerian Olympics delegation was admitted to a hospital on Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus at Narita airport. The person, in his 60s, had mild symptoms but was hospitalised because of his pre-existing conditions and advanced age. This was the first COVID hospitalisation of an Olympics-related visitor. Many coronavirus cases have surfaced comprising athletes and others involved with the games which start on July 23.