Covid-19 hits Tokyo Olympics’ Games Village

The Olympic village of the Tokyo Olympics has registered its first Covid-19 case just six days ahead of the Games open, organisers confirmed 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.

“Right now this person is confined to a hotel,” Takaya added.

The organisers however, refused to disclose the identity of the infected person, who has been removed from the Village where all the participants and officials will reside during the showpiece event.

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 showpiece event, which was postponed for a year due to the pandemic, is being held without spectators with strict measures.

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