Mumbai: The first COVID-19 case has been reported in Olympic Village six days before the Tokyo Games open, organizers said.
“There was one person in the village. This was the first case in the village during the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organizing committee, told a news conference.
The man, whom the organizers declined to identify, has been removed from the village where thousands of athletes and officials will live during the Games.
“Right now this person is confined to a hotel,” Takaya said.
Seiko Hashimoto, the chief organizer of the Tokyo 2020 Games, said: “We are doing everything we can to prevent any COVID outbreaks. If we end up with an outbreak we will make sure we have a response. There’s a plan to deliver.”
In an Olympics that has already been postponed by a year due to the pandemic, organizers have taken strict measures to avoid coronavirus infection in the village.