Athlete Olympic athlete Covid-19 rises to three

A general view of the Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 09, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Olympics organizers said yesterday that spectators would be banned from most events at the Games after a new state of emergency was declared in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.

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The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday reported three new cases of Covid-19 infection among athletes as the athletes’ village’s population grows ahead of the start of the pandemic-stricken Games next week.

Organizers reported 10 new cases related to the Olympics, including media, contractors and other personnel. That compares to 15 new cases on Saturday, including staff, the first case of infection in the athlete village.

A member of the International Olympic Committee from South Korea tested positive for the coronavirus when landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, has been vaccinated, reflecting the risk of infection even from vaccinated attendees.

The number of infections is rising among the general population of the capital, with more than 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show that many Japanese are resisting holding the Games with the influx of foreign visitors it brings.

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