Tokyo Olympics athlete Covid-19 infections rise to a few

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A general view of Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 9th, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Olympics organizers announced yesterday that spectators would be banned from most events at the Games after a new state of emergency was declared in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Tokyo Olympics organizers reported three new cases of Covid-19 infection among athletes on Sunday as the athlete’s village population swells ahead of the pandemic-hit games next week.

The organizers reported 10 new cases related to the Olympics, including media, contractors and other staff. This contrasts with 15 new cases on Saturday, including staff, the first case of infection in the athletes’ village.

A member of the International Olympic Committee from South Korea tested positive for the coronavirus upon landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, which reflects the risk of infection even in vaccinated participants.

Infection rates in the general population of the capital are rising, exceeding 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Surveys show that many Japanese people refuse to host the Games because of the influx of foreign visitors involved.

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