Tokyo Olympic organisers to safe 300 resort rooms for athletes with COVID-19-Kyodo By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Giant Olympic rings in a park amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) – Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are planning to prepare 300 hotel rooms for athletes who tested positive for the coronavirus at this summer’s games but have no or minor symptoms of COVID-19, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday with.

The Japanese government is putting Tokyo on a month-long “quasi-emergency” starting Monday to combat the rising infections, less than a month after a general state of emergency was lifted for the capital and the Olympic host.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee plans to reserve an entire hotel just a few miles from the Sports Village in the Harumi waterfront and likely to cost several million dollars, Kyodo said, citing several unnamed sources.

Coronavirus positive athletes and other game participants who do not require hospitalization will generally be quarantined in rooms for 10 days and medical staff will treat them around the clock.

The committee will also prepare about 30 special vehicles to transport the patients to the hotel, according to Kyodo.

Athletes will receive COVID-19 tests every four days, at least according to the rules announced for the Tokyo Games in February, which are slated to begin in late July after a one-year delay due to the pandemic. Further guidance on isolation and testing will be released in April.

Japan has recorded more than 500,000 infections and nearly 9,400 deaths, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday, which is low compared to most other major economies. However, concerns about the new wave of infections rise ahead of the games.

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