Just six days ahead of the Games, the Tokyo Olympics has registered its first Covid-19 case in the Olympic Village on Saturday.
“There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, told a press conference.
The village will have thousands of athletes and officials residing throughout the Olympics and therefore, the officials asked the unidentified person to leave the village. “Right now this person is confined to a hotel,” Takaya said.
Seiko Hashimoto, the chief organiser of the Tokyo 2020 Games, said: “We are doing everything to prevent any Covid outbreaks. If we end up with an outbreak we will make sure we have a plan in place to respond.”
The Olympics have already been postponed for one year because of the devastating pandemic. With the first covid case in the village, organisers have now are particular about covid protocols and measures to avoid coronavirus infections in the Village.