Officials verified the first COVID-19 case within the Tokyo Olympic Village on Saturday, less than a week before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics begin.
The individual is not a competitor in the games, which begin on July 23, but has been described as “games-concerned personnel” who is not a Japanese citizen. A 14-day quarantine has been imposed on the individual.
According to APTN, Muto stated during a news conference on Saturday, “As such, we will take necessary steps so that athletes who are living there may feel comfortable.”
Athletes and everyone in their immediate vicinity is subjected to daily testing. Temperature checks are also performed upon admission to the Olympic and Paralympic Villages, as well as Olympic venues.
Those coming to Japan for the games must also be tested prior to their trip and upon arrival, as well as through a three-day quarantine.
According to the International Olympic Committee, 15 athletes, officials, journalists, and others who arrived in Tokyo for the games tested positive on arrival or during a screening test between July 1 and 16.
Since July 1, organizers have verified 44 positive cases, including one from the Olympic Village. The persons were primarily contractors, although there were also game-related workers, employees, three members of the media, and one athlete among them.
According to Reuters, IOC President Thomas Bach stated on Thursday that owing to detection and isolation procedures, there was “zero” chance of those participating in the Olympics infecting Japanese citizens.
During the games, the Olympic Village will accommodate around 11,000 athletes as well as thousands of staff.