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Tokyo Olympics: 2 workers at Athletes' Village test positive for COVID

The Tokyo Olympics is just 16 days away. However, the health safety of the participants remains uncertain amidst the prevailing pandemic. Meanwhile, a couple of workers at the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID.

Tokyo Olympics: 2 workers at Athletes' Village test positive for COVID-ayh
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Tokyo, First Published Jul 7, 2021, 5:43 PM IST
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In what comes as yet another concerning news for Tokyo Olympics, a couple of workers at the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID. With just 16 days to go before the global extravaganza kicks off, the concern regarding the health safety of the participating members does not seem to subside.

"The pair tested positive last week and further investigations revealed they had been eating in a group with two other village workers -- in violation of the organising committee's own COVID-19 countermeasures," ABC News was quoted as reporting. However, in addition, the other workers concerned with the two have tested negative so far.

The Olympic Village is yet to be opened to the athletes, while it is still likely to take a week before it opens. The village is expected to host over 11,000 athletes, while it would also have a designated facility to test the athletes for COVID every day.

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It makes this the third instance of COVID cases in concern to the Tokyo Olympics, while the total count of COVID cases in the Games has gone up to five. Earlier, a couple of players from Uganda had tested positive for the same, followed by a Serbian rower.

The worker testing positive comes just when the organisers are mulling over allowing crowds inside the venues. Meanwhile, amidst the concerns, plans for the torch relay were also scrapped.

In the meantime, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach would be arriving in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss various issues, including the allowance of onlookers inside the venues. As of now, Japan has record 920 active cases, which is the most since May 13.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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