First Resident of Olympic Village in Tokyo Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
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Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter based in Australia. She covers world news with a focus on U.S. news. Contact her at mimi.nl[at]epochtimes.com.
July 17, 2021 Updated: July 17, 2021

A person staying at the waterfront Olympic Village has tested positive for the CCP virus, Tokyo Olympic organizers said on Saturday.

It marks the first case at the 44-hectare (108-acre) site on Tokyo Bay, where a majority of the 11,000 competitors will be staying for the 2020 Games which run July 23 through Aug. 8.

Officials said they weren’t able to estimate how many people are staying in the village as of Saturday.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto told a news conference on Saturday, “I understand that there are still many worrying factors. Organizers must try to make sure that people will understand that these games are safe and secure.”

During a routine test on Friday, the unnamed person tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

For confidentiality purposes, the person’s name and nationality was not revealed, however they are known to be a visitor from abroad.

Tokyo Olympics
National banners hang from balconies at an athlete’s village as Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics, on July 17, 2021. (Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

The person is not an athlete but is someone involved in organizing the Games. They have since been put in a 14-day quarantine, officials said.

More than 40 people involved in the Games have tested positive for the CCP virus. As of Saturday, the figure stands at 45 people who have tested positive, with 12 listed as non-residents of Japan.

The list of 45 people includes one athlete who tested positive for the CCP virus on July 14, and three members of the media. Most of the 45 people are identified as “contractors” for Tokyo 2020 and “games-concerned personnel.”

The Games had been postponed for a year due to the CCP virus pandemic that gripped the world. It is being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules. Officials have urged the public to stay home and watch the Games on television.

Athletes will be required to take daily saliva COVID-19 testing, and others involved in the event will also be frequently tested.

Tokyo saw a reported 1,271 new CCP virus cases on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
Reporter
Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter based in Australia. She covers world news with a focus on U.S. news. Contact her at mimi.nl[at]epochtimes.com.